Arklow RNLI assists two people on 10m sailing vessel
In the early hours of Saturday last (26 June), the Irish Coast Guard requested the launch of Arklow RNLI's lifeboat.
At 4.20am, the volunteer crew had left their beds and had launched following a report that a sailing vessel had lost power and was adrift approximately two miles north east of Arklow.
In moderate seas with north easterly winds, the volunteers made their way to the reported position and located the casualty vessel with two people aboard.
Upon arrival, the crew on the relief Trent class lifeboat RNLB Macquarie under Coxswain Ned Dillon assessed the situation and a tow line was set up and the lifeboat then proceeded back to Arklow.
The crew on the call out were, Coxswain Ned Dillon, Brendan Dillon, Eddie Mc Elheron, Michael Mordaunt, Dave Molloy, John Tyrell and Craig O’Reilly.
Following the call out, Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer and Community Safety Officer said: 'Our volunteers are always on call 24/7/365, huge thanks to them and their families for the amazing work they do in our community.'
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.