Arklow RNLI comes to the aid of two people on 39ft sailing vessel adrift

Lifeboats News Release

Arklow RNLI launched on Sunday (11 September) at approximately 7.10pm to assist two people on a yacht which had lost propulsion and was adrift with two people aboard.

Arklow RNLI transferring crew

RNLI/Mark Corcoran

Arklow RNLI transfers crew member near beach

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

Once afloat the lifeboat travelled the half mile to the vessel.

In wet conditions with light fading and southerly winds with approximately 2.5m wave heights, the vessel had lost propulsion and tried to anchor.

It was drifting on to a lee shore approximately 50 yards from Arklow South Beach. Following an assessment, it was decided the establish a tow to bring the vessel to safety. A lifeboat crew member boarded the casualty vessel to assist with rigging a tow. Once it was established, the casualty vessel was able to have its anchor hauled up and proceed with the tow back to the nearest safe port at Arklow.

Arklow RNLI’s crew on this call out were Coxswain Ned Dillon, John Bermingham, Eddie McElheron, Craig O’Reilly,Sinead Myler, Jimmy Myler and Dave Molloy.

Following the call out , Mark Corcoran, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Arklow RNLI said: 'Our teams dedication and training for these scenarios really paid off this evening. Thankfully the crew on the sailing vessel had done all the right things which allowed us to get there and be able to assist.'


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