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Arklow RNLI assists five people after 11m sailing vessel gets into difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Arklow RNLI came to the aid of five people last night after their sailing vessel got into difficulty.

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Arklow RNLI

Following a pager alert at 8.45pm yesterday (Wednesday 13 July) by the Irish Coast Guard, Arklow RNLI's lifeboat was launched.

The volunteer crew launched the lifeboat following a report that a sailing vessel had become entangled in fishing gear close to shore and just outside the harbour in the Arklow Bay.

In calm seas with slack winds, the lifeboat made its way to the reported position and located the casualty vessel with five people onboard.

Upon arrival, a lifeboat crewmember was put aboard the vessel to assist with freeing the entanglement. Once this had been cleared, the yacht was towed back into Arklow harbour where everybody came ashore safely.

The crew for this call out were, Coxswain Ned Dillon, Brendan Dillon, John Bermingham, Craig O’Reilly and Geoff Kearnes.

Speaking after, Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer and Community Safety Officer said: 'Our volunteers are always on call, huge thanks to them and their families for the amazing work they do in our community.'

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