Wicklow RNLI assist crew of fishing vessel
Wicklow RNLI brought four fishermen to safety this evening (Monday 27 April), after their vessel got into difficulties off the Wicklow coast.
The all-weather lifeboat Jock & Annie Slater put to sea shortly before 7pm this evening under the command of Coxswain Nick Keogh and a volunteer crew, following a launch request from the Coast Guard.
The alarm was raised after the skipper of the fishing vessel made contact by Marine VHF radio to report that a rope was fouled in the vessel’s propeller and they had lost all propulsion.
The lifeboat crew located the drifting fishing vessel thirty minutes later nine miles north east of Wicklow harbour. Conditions on scene were calm, with light wind and good visibility.
A towline was quickly established, and a course was set for Wicklow harbour. The fishing vessel with four crew was brought safely alongside the South Quay as darkness fell shortly before 9-30pm.
The crew on the callout were: Coxswain Nick Keogh, Mechanic Brendan Copeland, Tom MacAulay, Carol Flahive, Connie O’Gara and Matt Doyle.
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.