Wicklow RNLI tow fishing vessel with mechanical problems to safety
Wicklow RNLI brought three fishermen to safety this afternoon (Thursday 25 June), after their 12-metre vessel developed mechanical problems off the Wicklow coast.
The all-weather lifeboat Jock & Annie Slater put to sea shortly before 12:30pm under the command of Second Coxswain Ciaran Doyle and a volunteer crew, following a launch request from the Coast Guard.
The alarm was raised after the vessel which was fishing for whelk broke down and lost all propulsion. The lifeboat crew located stricken vessel about nine miles north of Wicklow harbour, conditions on scene were calm sea with good visibility.
A towline was quickly established, and the fishing vessel with three crew was brought safely alongside the South Quay at 2:20pm.
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.