Arklow RNLI involved in rescue of two people on yacht that gets into difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday last, 11 July, at 7.10pm the Irish Coast Guard requested the RNLI lifeboat station at Arklow to launch following reports of two people adrift in a reported dismasted yacht at an unknown location in the Irish sea.

BRINGING CASUALTY ASHORE

RNLI/Mark Corcoran

BRINGING CASUALTY ASHORE

A short time later, the charity’s volunteers launched the station’s all-weather lifeboat Ger Tigchlearr. The crew headed out of Arklow harbour directly and immediately commenced a search. Given the high-risk nature of the report, the Coast Guard also requested Wicklow RNLI and Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 to the area. The Irish Customs Cutter Faire was in the area and joined in the search.

With all vessels and the rescue helicopter now actively searching the area it wasn’t long before the vessel was located by the RNLI's colleagues in the helicopter. Following receipt of the position, Arklow RNLI Coxswain Ned Dillon, took Ger Tigchlearr to the position six miles south of Arklow.

Once on scene, one of Arklow RNLI crew members was put aboard the vessel to assist the two people which were aboard. The yacht had lost sails and then lost its back up engine power. The two people aboard were also assessed and found though a little shaken, to be ok to stay on the vessel.

A tow line was then set up and the yacht was taken on tow back to Arklow Port.

The other vessels and rescue helicopter were then stood down. Following the tow to Arklow all hands came ashore safely.

Following the rescue, Mark Corcoran, Community Safety Officer at Arklow RNLI said: 'With the country slowly getting back to the new normal following lockdown, lots of people are taking to the waves, we would like to remind anyone going to sea to always wear your lifejacket and carry a reliable means of calling for help like a VHF Radio and also ensure you plan effectively for your journey, Thankfully we were able to get to these two casualties in good time and bring them home safely. Thanks too to our colleagues from Rescue 116, Wicklow RNLI and the Crew of the Customs Cutter Faire for their assistance on this call out.'

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TOWING CASUALTY INTO HARBOUR

RNLI/Mark Corcoran

TOWING CASUALTY INTO HARBOUR
ENTERING ARKLOW

RNLI/Mark Corcoran

ENTERING ARKLOW

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