Arklow RNLI assist three people on fishing vessel adrift off Cahore Point
Arklow RNLI launched yesterday (Sunday 23 September) after a pager alert at 12.55pm from the Irish Coast Guard.
The volunteer crew left their families and Sunday lunch behind and within minutes of the alert were aboard the all-weather lifeboat Ger Tigchlearr and underway.
The lifeboat made its way to the reported position east of Cahore point in County Wexford.
Once the casualty vessel and its crew of three were located, it was established that the vessel was adrift and although had power it could not make any headway due to its propeller being fouled with fishing gear.
Arklow RNLI’s volunteers then rigged a tow line and set up for a long slow tow home to Arklow.
All hands came ashore safely in Arklow approximately 5 hours later.
Following the incident, Mark Corcoran Community Safety Officer at Arklow RNLI said: ‘We would like to remind people to respect the water and always wear a lifejacket and carry a means of calling for help when going out on the water.’
Further Water Safety Information can be found at https://www.respectthewater.com.
RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0868260439, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer on 087 648 3547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 087 1254 rel="noopener noreferrer" 124 or 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.