Arklow RNLI comes to the aid of lone sailor on 33ft vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Arklow RNLI launched on 30 August at approximately 4.30pm to a request to assist a lone sailor on a yacht which had lost propulsion.


RNLI/Mark Corcoran


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

In a stiff north easterly breeze with moderate seas, the Trent class lifeboat made its way to the reported position two and a half miles south of Arklow.

Once on scene the casualty vessel was located with one person aboard and it was confirmed that the vessel had lost propulsion and was struggling against the wind and ebbing tide and at significant risk of being wrecked on the shoreline.

The crew assessed the situation and a lifeboat volunteer was transferred to the casualty vessel to assist with rigging a towline. With the tow line established the casualty vessel was towed back to the nearest safe port at Arklow.

Arklow RNLI’s crew on this call out were Coxswain Ned Dillon, Brendan Dillon, Eddie McElheron, Leigh Downey and station mechanic James Russell.

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


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