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Arklow RNLI comes to assistance of crew on 40ft sailing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Arklow RNLI came to the assistance of the crew of a 40ft sailing vessel today after it suffered rudder failure.

Arklow RNLI


Arklow RNLI

Following a pager alert at 5.37pm today (Wednesday 7 June), the volunteer lifeboat crew made their way to the station and and within minutes of the request were aboard RNLB Ger Tigchlearr and en route to the reported location some six miles south east of Arklow Harbour.

In a north easterly wind with a 1.5 metre wave height, the all-weather Trent class lifeboat made its way to the reported position. Once on scene, the vessel which had been part of the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle racing Fleet reported it had suffered rudder failure, but had managed to rig an emergency steering system and could now proceed slowly back to Arklow under its own power.

The lifeboat was requested to stand by and then escorted the vessel back to port at Arklow.

Arklow RNLI crew on the call out were Coxswain Ned Dillon, Brendan Dillon, James Russell, Craig O’Reilly and James McAnaspie.

Following the call out , Mark Corcoran, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Arklow RNLI said: 'Thanks to our crew for being there when needed, and to the crew of the yacht whose experience gave them the ability to come to port under their own power.'


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