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Arklow RNLI assists four people on large yacht adrift near Arklow Bank

Lifeboats News Release

On a bright Tuesday morning (2 April) at 6.30am, the Irish Coast Guard requested Arklow RNLI to launch following reports of a large yacht with four crew onboard, in difficulty near the Arklow Bank.

RNLI/Mark Corcoran

Arklow RNLI

A short time later the charity’s volunteers launched the station’s all-weather lifeboat Ger Tigchlearr, the crew headed out of Arklow and the lifeboat made best speed to the reported position some 18 miles south east of Arklow.

Once on scene, it was established that the 16m vessel had developed engine failure. The crew assessed the situation and due to the vessel not being able to make safe progress, a decision was made to take the vessel under tow back to the nearest safe port at Arklow.

The lifeboat and the casualty vessel and crew crew aboard arrived back into Arklow at approximately 10.30am where it was secured on the pontoons in the inner dock.

Arklow RNLI’s volunteers on this call out were Coxswain Ned Dillon, station mechanic James Russell, Craig O’Reilly, John Tyrrell, David Molloy, Cillian Kavanagh and Josh McAnaspie.

Speaking following the rescue, Jimmy Myler, Arklow RNLI Launch Authority said: 'Huge thanks once again to our volunteer crew both onshore and on the lifeboat who at a moments notice go to sea to assist others, whether day or night. As we continue to enjoy the Easter break, we would remind everyone planning a trip to sea or near the coast, to respect the water. Should you get into difficulty or see someone else in trouble, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.'


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