Sunday morning callout for Wicklow RNLI
Wicklow all-weather lifeboat slipped its moorings from the South Quay shortly after 07:40am this morning (Sunday 22 August) to investigate a report of a yacht with engine failure off the Wicklow coast.
Twenty minutes later the lifeboat under the command of Coxswain Ciaran Doyle located the 12metre UK registered yacht with four people onboard five miles north of Wicklow.
As the lifeboat was arriving alongside the yacht, the skipper had managed to restart the engine and the yacht was able to continue its passage south to Arklow. Conditions at the scene were calm with good visibility.
With the yacht underway and no further assistance required, Wicklow lifeboat returned to station.
Speaking after the call-out, Wicklow RNLI Press officer, Tommy Dover said: ‘This was the second call out of the week for our volunteers, on Tuesday afternoon both lifeboats launched at 5pm after two paddle boarders were reported to be in difficulties near the Silver Strand beach, they were located a short time later by the Inshore lifeboat crew and escorted back to the safety of the beach. No medical assistance was required, and the lifeboats returned to station.’
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.