Arklow RNLI rescue of three people on 9m fishing vessel is a family affair
Arklow RNLI launched at approximately 1.30pm on Saturday (14 September) following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to assist a fishing vessel in need of assistance
The volunteer crew made their way to the lifeboat station and and within minutes of the request were aboard the all-weather lifeboat Ger Tigchlearr, and enroute to the reported location.
In light south westerly winds, the all-weather Trent Class lifeboat made its way to the reported position three miles south east of Arklow.
Once on scene the casualty vessel with three people aboard was located and it was confirmed that the vessel had suffered engine failure.
A towline was established and the casualty vessel was towed back to Arklow where all hands came ashore safely.
Arklow RNLI’s crew on this shout were Coxswain Ned Dillon, Eddie McElheron, Geoff Kearnes, Aidan Downey, Leigh Downey, Jimmy Myler & Sinead Myler.
Following the call out , Ned Dillon, Coxswain at Arklow RNLI said:
'Thanks to all of our volunteers, including our father and daughter Jimmy and Sinead and father and son, Aidan and Leigh. I think this is the first time ever we’ve had this combination on the crew here at Arklow. As always we would like to remind people to Respect the Water and always wear a lifejacket and carry a means of calling for help.'
Further Water Safety Information can be found at www.respectthewater.com
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
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.