Three fishermen rescued by Wicklow RNLI
Wicklow RNLI all-weather lifeboat put to sea at 1:20pm this afternoon (Saturday 16 November) after being tasked to assist a whelk fishing vessel in difficulties.
The lifeboat under the command of Coxswain Nick Keogh and a volunteer crew were alongside the drifting vessel thirty minutes later, ten miles south east of Wicklow harbour. A rope got fouled in the vessel’s propeller while whelk fishing and it had lost all propulsion.
Weather conditions on scene were sea state moderate, with wind north westerly force 4, visibility was good.
A towline was quickly established, and the fishing vessel was towed into Wicklow harbour, where the three fishermen were landed safely ashore and the boat was secured alongside the south quay at 4-30pm.
The crew on the callout were: Coxswain Nick Keogh, Mechanic Brendan Copeland, David O’Leary, Lisa O’Leary and John Stapleton.
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.