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Arklow RNLI assists two people on fishing vessel with engine failure

Lifeboats News Release

Arklow RNLI came to the aid of two people on Sunday (27 May) after their boat sustained engine failure south east of Arklow.

Arklow Lifeboat arriving safely back to harbour

RNLI/Mark Corcoran

Arklow Lifeboat arriving safely back to harbour

The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested by the Irish Coast Guard to launch their all-weather lifeboat at approximately 3.15pm to assist the vessel in distress.

The crew left their Sunday afternoon activities and within minutes of the alert were aboard RNLB Ger Tigchlearr and underway.

With North Westerly Winds of Force 3-4, the lifeboat made its way to the reported position approximately seven miles south east of Arklow.

The casualty vessel had reported engine failure and that she was adrift with two persons aboard.

Once the vessel was located and it was confirmed that the vessel had lost power, a tow line was established and the vessel was taken under tow back to Arklow where all hands came ashore safely.

Arklow RNLI’s volunteer crew on this call out were Coxswain Ned Dillon, Geoff Kearnes, Evan Thomas, Aidan Downey and Leigh Downey.

Speaking 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 www.respectthewater.com

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