Arklow RNLI launch to assist large fishing boat in difficulty
Arklow RNLI launched at 12.30am this morning (Wednesday 24 July) to assist a 25-metre fishing vessel in difficulty following a launch request from the Irish Coast Guard .
The volunteer crew left their beds and, within minutes of the pager alert, were aboard the lifeboat Ger Tigchlearr and were underway.
With south-westerly force three winds and a slight sea state, the lifeboat crew made their way to the reported position, approximately 20 miles south-east of Arklow.
The casualty vessel had reported propulsion failure and that she was adrift with six people aboard.
Once on scene and with the casualty vessel located, a tow line was established and the vessel was taken under tow to Arklow where all crew came ashore safely at 5.15am.
Arklow RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew on the callout were Coxswain Ned Dillon, Brendan Dillon, Eddie McElheron, Craig O’Reilly, David Lee, Michael Mordaunt and John Tyrrell.
Following the incident, Mark Corcoran Arklow RNLI Community Safety Officer said, 'Thankfully this callout ended well with all crew coming safely ashore following the long haul home. We would like to remind people to Respect the Water, always wear a lifejacket and carry a means of calling for help when going out on the water.'
RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 086 8260439 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Nuala McAloon, Regional Media Officer on 0876483547 or Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson, Regional Media Manager on 0871254124 or Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.