Wicklow RNLI launch to assist two men on vessel drifting close to rocks
Wicklow RNLI's inshore lifeboat launched just after 9.55am this morning (Sunday 29 May) to reports of a motorboat with two onboard that was in difficulties south of Wicklow harbour. The lifeboat proceeded south and was on scene three minutes later.
The owner could be seen using a boat hook to keep the motorboat from being washed up onto the rocks in challenging conditions under the Black Castle.
Weather at the time was wind north easterly force 3-4 with slight seas and good visibility.
The inshore lifeboat got close enough to transfer a line to the motorboat, and it was quickly hauled out to sea and away from danger. A towline was established, and the motorboat was towed the short distance back to Wicklow harbour.
The two men were landed safely ashore on the south quay at 10.22pm, none the worst after their ordeal.
Speaking after the call out, Tommy Dover, Wicklow RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, said: ‘A speedy response by the inshore lifeboat crew in challenging conditions resulted in a good outcome today.’
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