Arklow RNLI assist two people on 10m motor cruiser that gets into difficulty
Arklow RNLI came to the assistance of two people whose motor cruiser got into difficulty this morning (Saturday 18 July).
At 8.30am, the Irish Coast Guard requested the launch of Arklow RNLI's all-weather lifeboat.
A short time later the charity’s volunteers launched the station’s lifeboat, Ger Tigchlearr. The crew headed out of Arklow Harbour and set course for the reported position of the casualty vessel.
As Arklow RNLI made its way to the location, two fellow volunteers were aboard the Wind Cat wind farm support vessel on their way out to works on the windfarm and had noted the vessel appeared in difficulty. They made their way to the vessel and offered assistance. They ascertained the vessel had lost propulsion due to an entanglement of rope in its propeller.
Within a few minutes, the lifeboat was on scene approximately one mile south of Arklow.
It was established the 10m motor boat had become entangled in rope lines and had lost propulsion completely.
A tow line was rigged and once set up, the entanglement was cleared and the boat two people aboard was towed back into Arklow Harbour, where all hands came ashore safely.
Following the rescue, Mark Corcoran, Community Safety Officer at Arklow RNLI said: 'Thankfully the skipper of this vessel made the call to the Coast Guard and requested assistance early - this is the key to ensuring our lifeboat can get to casualties on time. We would remind people going to sea, to always remember to have a means of calling for help and always wear a lifejacket.'
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.