Wicklow RNLI assist two vessels with engine failure

Lifeboats News Release

Wicklow RNLI volunteers brought five people to safety during two call outs on Saturday (13 August) after their boats suffered engine failure off the Wicklow coast.

Wicklow RNLI all-weather lifeboat

RNLI/Tommy Dover

Wicklow RNLI all-weather lifeboat

The first call out came at 4:30pm, when the all-weather lifeboat slipped it’s moorings from the south quay and proceeded north, to investigate a report of a vessel drifting south of Greystones Harbour.
A small angling boat was located a short time later south of Greystones Harbour near the Breaches buoy. Weather at the time was excellent with good visibility and calm conditions.

A quick inspection was carried out by Coxswain Nick Keogh and the vessel with three people on board was found to have suffered engine failure and unable to get back to shore without assistance. The boat was taken in tow to Greystones harbour by the lifeboat and the three people were landed safely ashore at 5:40pm.

The second call out came as the lifeboat was arriving back at Wicklow Harbour at 6:20pm. Coxswain Keogh put to sea again, this time heading south towards Maghermore Beach.

The lifeboat located a rigid inflatable boat with two people on board anchored off Magheramore beach after it suffered engine failure. The rib was taken in tow back to Wicklow Harbour and the two people were landed safely ashore at 7:30pm.

Speaking about the call out, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Wicklow RNLI, Tommy Dover said: ‘ When going afloat we would remind everyone to check their engine and fuel, always wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid, and carry a means of calling for help. If you see someone in difficulty on or near the water, dial 999 and ask for the Coast Guard’


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