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Wexford RNLI rescue two people after boat seen drifting

Lifeboats News Release

Wexford RNLI rescued two people on Saturday night (15 July) after their boat was seen drifting.

Night time lifeboat stock image

RNLI/Lorraine Galvin

The volunteer crew launched their inshore lifeboat at 11.53pm and were quickly on scene to assess the situation. With a fallen tide and the boat going aground, fast action was taken to tow the vessel with two people onboard to deeper waters. The people onboard were monitored closely by the crew and brought safety ashore at 12.35pm.

Speaking after the incident, Wexford RNLI Helm Lorraine Galvin commended the crew who are all newly trained volunteers: 'Night time call outs add extra hazards and all three volunteer crew members Kevin Fitzharris, Dave Murray and Kenneth Fox worked tirelessly in reassuring the people onboard, establishing the tow and keeping a close watch until the people were safely ashore, well done.

If anyone sees anyone in difficulty on or near the water, ring 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.'

Shore crew were Peter Scallan, Damian Lynch and Dave Dempsey while the Launching Authority was David Sherwood.


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