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Arklow RNLI launch to broken down fishing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Following a pager alert at 4.15 pm this afternoon (Friday 28 September) Arklow RNLI launched lifeboat Ger Tigchlearr.

Arklow RNLI respond to vessel in difficulty

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Arklow RNLI respond to vessel in difficulty

The lifeboat was requested following a report to the Coast Guard of a vessel in difficulty with apparent engine difficulties.

The lifeboat crew made their way to the reported position, well south of Arklow and approximately three miles east of Cahore Point. Once the casualty vessel and its crew of three was located, it was established that the vessel was adrift and had suffered full mechanical failure.

Once the lifeboat was safely alongside, 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 four hours later following the long tow home.

Following the incident, Mark Corcoran Community Safety Officer and Press Officer at Arklow RNLI said:

'It's never easy to make that call for help. We would advise people to Respect the Water and always wear a lifejacket and carry a means of calling for help when going out on the water, whether for work or pleasure.'

Further Water Safety Information can be found at www.respectthewater.com

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For more information please contact Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0868260439, email mark@aslsafety.com 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 124 or 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

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