Arklow RNLI launch to drifting jetski

Lifeboats News Release

Arklow RNLI launched earlier today (Sunday 21 April) to assist a jetski in difficulty following a launch request from the Irish Coast Guard at 3.15pm.

RNLI/Nicholas Leach

The volunteer lifeboat crew left their families on Easter Sunday to answer the callout and within minutes of the alert were aboard the Arklow lifeboat Ger Tigchlearr and were underway.

The lifeboat was brought to the reported position, just North of Arklow Harbour. The casualty vessel had been reported adrift and without power. The jet ski with two people aboard was quickly located off the back of the Arklow North Pier, it was without power and dangerously close to the rocky shoreline. The two people aboard the jetski were immediately recovered on to the lifeboat and a line was secured to the jetski and it was towed back to shore.

Following the callout, Mark Corcoran Community Safety Officer at Arklow RNLI said: 'Thankfully this callout ended well. Given the fantastic weather we’ve had this weekend, we’ve seen higher numbers of people coming back to the beaches and putting their boats and other craft back in the water; earlier than usual. We’d like to remind people to always Respect the Water, wear a lifejacket and carry a means of calling for help when going out on the water.'

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