Arklow RNLI launch to assist fishing vessel
Arklow RNLI launched at approximately 12.14pm yesterday (Wednesday 10 March) to assist a fishing vessel in need of assistance following a launch request from the Irish Coast Guard.
The volunteer lifeboat crew left their lunch and and within minutes of the request were aboard RNLB Ger Tigchlearr and underway.
In challenging conditions and rising winds and seas, the all-weather Trent class lifeboat made its way to the reported position approximately one quarter mile north-east of Arklow Pier.
Once on scene the casualty vessel with three people aboard was located and it was confirmed that the vessel had lost propulsion.
A towline was established and the casualty vessel was towed back to Arklow where all hands came ashore safely.
Following the callout Mark Corcoran, Community Safety officer at Arklow RNLI said: 'Whether you are a professional fisherman or a leisure boat user, we would remind people to Respect the Water and always wear a lifejacket and carry a means of calling for help like a marine radio.'
'This was also our first callout for our new station mechanic James Russell. On behalf of all at Arklow RNLI we wish to congratulate James on his new role at Arklow Lifeboat Station.'
Further Water Safety Information can be found at www.respectthewater.com
RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 086 8260439 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.