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Arklow RNLI launch to vessel in difficulty with lone sailor onboard

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer lcrew at Arklow RNLI launched their lifeboat in the early hours of this morning (Thursday 8 June) aboard RNLB Ger Tigchlearr, to reports of a vessel approximately 10 miles south east of Arklow, which had suffered engine failure.

Arklow RNLI


Arklow RNLI

In a north easterly wind with a 1.2 metre wave height, the all-weather Trent class lifeboat made its way to the reported position and once on scene, confirmed that the vessel had suffered engine failure. A decision was made to put a lifeboat crew member onboard the vessel to assist the lone sailor with rigging and running the towline.

Once this was done, the lifeboat took the casualty vessel under tow and returned to the nearest port of Arklow, arriving at 9am.

Arklow RNLI crew on this call out were Coxswain Ned Dillon and crew members Craig O’Reilly, John Tyrrell, Dave Molloy, Ken O’Toole, Josh McAnaspie and James Russell.

Following the call out , Mark Corcoran, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Arklow RNLI said: 'It's been a busy couple of days at Arklow. It is great to see the training that we do paying off in the assistance we are providing. Given the recent good weather, we are reminding everyone to stay safe and respect the water.'


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