Wicklow RNLI launch to two incidents off the Wicklow Coast on Sunday evening

Lifeboats News Release

Wicklow Inshore lifeboat brought two paddle boarders to safety this evening (Sunday 7 August) after they got into difficulties near Wicklow Head. The lifeboat launched at 7.35pm after members of the public walking on Wicklow Head saw the paddle boarders in difficulties and made a 999 call.

Wicklow RNLI all-weather lifeboat towing the yacht to safety

RNLI/Tommy Dover

Wicklow RNLI all-weather lifeboat towing the yacht to safety

The paddle boarders were located five minutes later near Wicklow head. As the tide had turned, they were unable to paddle against the current and were being pushed further offshore. Conditions at the time were wind south westerly force three with moderate sea.

The two paddle boarders were transferred onto the lifeboat where the crew conducted a quick medical assessment. No medical assistance was required, and the two casualties were landed safely ashore at the lifeboat station shortly after 8pm.

Speaking about the call outs, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Wicklow RNLI, Tommy Dover said: ‘Our advice to paddle boarders is always wear a lifejacket and make sure you carry a communications device.’

Just as Helm Paul Sillery, Matt Doyle and John Stapleton completed refuelling the inshore lifeboat, pagers activated again to launch the all-weather lifeboat. So, the three volunteers quickly changed into their all-weather lifeboat kit and join Coxswain Nick Keogh, Lisa ‘O Leary and Andrew Carlin on the second callout.

The all-weather Shannon class lifeboat slipped its moorings from the south quay at 8:20pm and proceeded north, following the Coast Guard pager alert to a report of a yacht with mechanical problems near the Six Mile Point.

The lifeboat was alongside the drifting yacht with two sailors at 8:45pm and after a quick assessment by the Coxswain, the yacht was found to have engine failure and unable to get into port under its own power. It was taken in tow back to Wicklow Harbour.

The yacht was secured alongside the East pier at Wicklow harbour as darkness fell at 9:30pm this evening and the two sailors were landed safely ashore.

Wicklow RNLI inshore lifeboat landing the two paddle boarders safely at Wicklow

RNLI/Tommy Dover

Wicklow RNLI inshore lifeboat landing the two paddle boarders safely at Wicklow

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