Arklow RNLI launch to reports of two boats adrift near mouth of Arklow Harbour
Yesterday (Tuesday 12 April) at 5.30pm, the Irish Coast Guard requested the launch of Arklow RNLI's all-weather lifeboat.
The volunteer crew made their way to the reported position near the entrance to Arklow Harbour and once on scene it became clear that there was indeed two fishing boats each with two people aboard. One had the other under tow and was making its way into the river. With the second boat on tow, Arklow RNLI Coxswain Ned Dillon offered assistance if required. The lifeboat then stood by as the broken down vessel was towed back into harbour by the other fishing vessel.
Once the two boats safely had lines ashore, the lifeboat stood down and returned to berth.
The crew on this call out were, Coxswain Ned Dillon, James Russell, Jimmy Myler, Craig O’Reilly, Michel Mordaunt and John Tyrrell.
Following the call out, Arklow RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer said: 'Well done to the second crew on taking their colleagues on tow and getting them safely back to port. As we come into the better weather and the boating season kicks in, we would encourage everyone planning a trip to see to please check your boat and boating equipment and lifejackets for safety.'
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