Wicklow RNLI assist three onboard yacht with rope fouled rudder
Wicklow RNLI brought three sailors to safety this morning (Sunday 9 June) after their 10-metre yacht got fouled in ropes off Wicklow head.
The all-weather lifeboat Jock and Annie Slater put to sea shortly before 10am under the command of Coxswain Nick Keogh, following a launch request from the Irish Coast Guard.
The yacht with three people onboard was located at 10.12am about two and a half miles south east of Wicklow head. Conditions on scene were sea state slight with good visibility.
Lifeboat volunteer Alan Goucher was transferred onto the yacht to assess the situation and assist with the towline. The yacht was taken in tow back to Wicklow harbour and brought safely alongside the East pier at 11.10am.
The crew on the call out were Coxswain Nick Keogh, Mechanic Brendan Copeland, Ciaran Doyle, Alan Goucher, Graham Fitzgerald and Connie O Gara.
Key facts about the RNLI
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.