Arklow RNLI comes to assistance of three people on 10m sailing vessel
Following a pager alert at 1.40am, Arklow RNLI's volunteer crew left their beds and made their way to the lifeboat station and and within minutes of the request were aboard RNLB Ger Tigchlearr and on route to the reported location some 10 miles east of Arklow Harbour.
In relatively calm seas and light winds, the all-weather Trent class lifeboat made its way.
Once on scene, outside the notorious Arklow Bank and well out into the shipping lanes the casualty vessel with three people aboard was located and it was confirmed that the vessel had suffered engine failure.
A tow line was set up and the casualty vessel was towed back to Arklow where all hands came ashore safely at approximately 5am.
Arklow RNLI’s crew on this call out were Coxswain Ned Dillon, Brendan Dillon, Geoff Kearnes, James Russell, Jimmy Myler, Craig O’Reilly and David Molloy..
Following the call out , Mark Corcoran, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Arklow RNLI said: 'Huge thanks to our volunteers, who got out of bed in the early hours, to go to sea to rescue others, thankfully they were able to get to the casualty in good time.'
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.