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Arklow RNLI comes to the aid of three people on sailing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Arklow RNLI launched today (3 August) at approximately 9.15pm to a request to assist a sailing vessel with three people onboard.

Approaching the casualty vessel

RNLI/Mark Corcoran

Approaching the casualty vessel

The volunteer crew made their way to the lifeboat station and and within minutes of the request were aboard the all-weather lifeboat, the RNLB Ger Tigchlearr and en route to the reported location.

In a Force 5 southerly breeze with moderate seas, The Trent class lifeboat made its way to the reported position 1.5 miles north of Arklow.

Once on scene the casualty vessel with three people aboard was located and it was confirmed that the vessel had suffered mechanical failure.

A tow line was established and the casualty vessel was towed back to Arklow and all hands came ashore In the inner harbour.

Arklow RNLI’s crew on this call out were Coxswain Ned Dillon, Brendan Dillon, Craig O’Reilly, Geoff Kearnes,Eddie McElheron and Station Mechanic James Russell

Following the call out , Mark Corcoran, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Arklow RNLI said: 'Thanks once again to our volunteer crew who at a moments notice go to sea to assist others, please remember to respect the water.'


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