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Wicklow lifeboat rescue two sailors on yacht with engine failure

Lifeboats News Release

Wicklow RNLI all-weather lifeboat Jock & Annie Slater went to the assistance of two sailors this evening, (Saturday 27 July) after their vessel developed engine failure.

Wicklow RNLI volunteers bring the yacht alongside the East pier at Wicklow harbour

RNLI/Wicklow

Wicklow RNLI volunteers bring the yacht alongside the East pier at Wicklow harbour
The lifeboat put to sea under the command of Deputy Coxswain Tommy McAulay, and was alongside the drifting 28ft yacht at 5:50pm, eight miles north east of Wicklow harbour.

Conditions at the scene were calm with good visibility. A tow line was quickly established, and the stricken yacht was towed back to Wicklow harbour.

The yacht was brought alongside the East pier at 7:30pm and the two sailors were landed safely ashore.

The crew on the callout were (Deputy) Coxswain Tommy McAulay, Mechanic Tommy Murphy, Brendan Copeland, Brendan Kavanagh, Graham Fitzgerald and John Stapleton.

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