Three fishermen rescued by Wicklow RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

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.

Wicklow RNLI all-weather lifeboat (File photo)

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Wicklow RNLI all-weather lifeboat (File photo)

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.

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