Arklow RNLI launch to person in difficulty on small inflatable boat

Lifeboats News Release

Arklow RNLI launched this afternoon (Sunday 6 September) at approximately 3.50pm following a launch request from the Irish Coast Guard.

Arklow RNLI lifeboat

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Arklow RNLI lifeboat

The volunteer crew responded quickly and within minutes of the request were aboard Arklow lifeboat Ger Tigchlearr and underway.

In good conditions, the All-weather Trent class lifeboat made its way to the reported position near Mizen Head. Once on scene, the casualty vessel, a very small inflatable boat, was located just a short distance off Mizen Head. The lifeboat crew established there was one person aboard and there had been no one else in the water in danger.

Initially the person aboard the small boat tried to make his way back to shore and the lifeboat stood by while the casualty tried this, but given the rocky nature of the coastline at this location and the tidal conditions at the time this was proving difficult. It was then agreed that the safest thing for the casualty to do was to come aboard the lifeboat.

Once aboard the lifeboat the casualty was checked and did not need any medical assistance.

The lifeboat then returned to Arklow where all aboard came ashore safely.

Arklow RNLI’s Volunteer Crew for this rescue were: Coxswain Ned Dillon, Mechanic Michael Fitzgerald, Leigh & Daniel Downey, David Molloy and Michael Mordaunt.

Following the incident, Mark Corcoran, Volunteer Press Officer and Community Safety Officer at Arklow RNLI said: 'Thankfully this afternoon was relatively calm, had conditions been worse the situation might not have ended so well. In recent weeks there has been a lot of rescues all around our coastline of people from small inflatable boats and toys. We’d like to remind people of the real risk of drowning when you go to sea on vessels of this nature, even on the calmest days these types of boats and toys are not fit for the conditions you will experience along our coastline.'

'Please always remember to wear a lifejacket and carry a means of calling for help. Please do this to ensure we have the best chance possible of getting you in time to affect a rescue. We would like to once again remind people to Respect the Water.'

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For more information please telephone Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 086 8260439 or mark@aslsafety.com 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

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