Wicklow RNLI bring three fishermen to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Wicklow RNLI brought three fishermen to safety on Wednesday morning (7 June), after their vessel developed mechanical problems 12 miles northeast of Wicklow Harbour.

Wicklow RNLI


Wicklow RNLI

The all-weather lifeboat RNLB Ruth and David Arthur slipped its mooring at 10.45am to reports of a fishing boat with engine failure. The lifeboat was under the command of Coxswain Nick Keogh.

The volunteer lifeboat crew located the casualty vessel 40 minutes after launching in a position 12 miles northeast of Wicklow Harbour. Conditions on scene were wind from a north easterly direction force 4-5, with moderate choppy seas and good visibility.

After an assessment of the situation was carried out by Coxswain Keogh it was decided a tow was the best option given the casualty vessels engine failure.

The tow was established, and a course set for Wicklow Harbour with the casualty vessel being secured alongside at 1.45pm.

The all-weather lifeboat was then made ready for the next call out.

This was the first call out for RNLB Ruth and David Arthur in Wicklow. It is based in Wicklow temporarily while RNLB Joanna & Henry Williams is receiving some planned maintenance.

Speaking after the call out, Connie O'Gara, Arklow RNLI Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer said: 'We would like to remind everyone that when going on the water you should wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid. It is also very important to carry a suitable means of communication in case you do get into trouble.'


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