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Small fishing boat towed to safety by Wicklow RNLI during early morning call out

Lifeboats News Release

The Inshore lifeboat launched shortly before 3:00am this morning (Thursday 31 January) to assist a small fishing boat with engine failure.

Wicklow RNLI Inshore lifeboat (File Photo)

RNLI/Tommy Dover

Wicklow RNLI Inshore lifeboat (File Photo)

The five-metre vessel with one occupant was located close to shore about half a mile north of Wicklow harbour five minutes after launching.

Weather conditions in the area at the time were sea state calm with fair visibility.

A towline was established, and the boat was towed back to Wicklow harbour. After the man was landed safely ashore, the lifeboat returned to station.

The crew on the call out were (Helm) Graham Fitzgerald, Paul Sillery and Connie O’ Gara.

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