Arklow RNLI comes to assistance of two people on broken down 12m vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Arklow RNLI came to the aid of two people yesterday (Monday 21 March) at approximately 3.45pm following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to assist a vessel which had lost propulsion.

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Arklow RNLI

The volunteer crew made their way to the lifeboat station and within minutes of the request were aboard the all-weather RNLB Ger Tigchlearr and enroute to the reported location some some miles south of Arklow.

In fair seas with a light easterly breeze, the all-weather Trent class lifeboat made its way to the reported position and was on scene a short time later.

A crew transfer vessel from the local offshore windfarm also went to render assistance.

Once on scene, the casualty vessel with two people aboard was located and it was confirmed that the vessel had suffered engine failure.

A tow line was set up and the casualty vessel was towed back to the nearest safe port at Arklow where all hands came ashore safely.

Arklow RNLI’s crew on this call out were Coxswain Ned Dillon, James Russell, Jimmy Myler, Sinead Myler and Craig O’Reilly.

Following the call out, Mark Corcoran, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Arklow RNLI said: 'Thanks once again to our volunteer crew who at a moment's notice go to sea to assist others. Whether day or night, we would encourage people to please remember to respect the water.'

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