On Saturday afternoon just before 3pm Arklow RNLI’s Volunteer crew were alerted by pager.
The All Weather Lifeboat Ger Tigchelaar was launched a short time later to a report of a sailing vessel which was in danger of sinking.
With challenging seas and with visibility deteriorating the lifeboat proceeded to the scene approximately 4 miles east of Arklow.
Upon arrival, 2 of Arklow RNLI’s volunteers were put aboard the stricken 33ft vessel with salvage pumps in an effort to prevent the yacht from sinking.
After efforts to pump out the vessel proved unsuccessful the yachts grateful crew of 2 were evacuated to the lifeboat.
During the rescue, the Commissioners of Irish Lights Vessel Granuaile and a Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 116 had also been tasked to the scene.
The stricken yacht was now almost beneath the surface, lines were passed to Granuaile from the yacht which was then secured to the deck of the larger Granuaile, with additional salvage pumps put aboard, the yacht was then pumped out and the ingress of water was stemmed.
Arklow Lifeboat stood by and our volunteers tended to the 2 rescued men, as the vessel was pumped out. With 3 salvage pumps aboard, the yacht was saved from sinking. Granuailes crew handed the lines of the yacht back to Arklow Lifeboat and a towline was established.
Arklow Lifeboat then towed the yacht back to Arklow where all hands came ashore safely.
Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI Press Officer & Sea Safety Officer said
“The professionalism shown by Arklow RNLI’s volunteers, Commissioners of Irish Lights crewmembers and our Coastguard colleagues overhead, not only helped save 2 lives today, the dedication and bravery by all involved also helped us to save the sinking vessel and return her safely to Arklow, this shows how all of our training and exercising with the other agencies on our coast pays off”