Wicklow RNLI volunteers had a busy weekend answering three calls for assistance in a 24-hour period.
The first callout was on Saturday afternoon (28 June) at the start of the Round Ireland Yacht race in Wicklow bay. A competing yacht reported it was taking on water after sustaining damage on the race start line . The lifeboat under the command of Coxswain Nick Keogh along with the inshore lifeboat escorted the 37 foot yacht with six crew safely into Wicklow harbour.
The all weather lifeboat crew were Coxswain Nick Keogh Mechanic Brendan Copeland Connie O Gara Kevin Rahill Carol Flahive and Matt Doyle The inshore crew were Helm Vinnie Mulvihill, Paul Sillery and Peter McCann.
The second callout came on Sunday morning (29 June); both lifeboats were launched shortly before 8.30am to investigate a report of an injured man near Brides head. The inshore lifeboat crew were on scene eight minutes later and found an injured man on a beach near Brides Head, first aid was administered to the casualty after he sustained leg injuries from a fall off nearby cliffs. The man was taken off the beach on the inshore lifeboat, he was transferred to the all weather lifeboat and taken back to Wicklow harbour. The lifeboat under the command of Second Coxswain Ciaran Doyle, was met on arrival by a waiting ambulance crew at the East pier.
The all weather lifeboat crew were Second Coxswain Ciaran Doyle Mechanic Brendan Copeland Tommy McAulay Tommy Murphy Kevin Rahill John Vize and Peter McCann The inshore lifeboat crew were helm Dave O Leary Lisa O Leary and Alan Goucher.
Speaking following the callout, Tommy Dover, Wicklow RNLI Press Officer said: ‘The casualty was extremely lucky and did not sustain any life threating injuries after his ordeal.’
The third callout occurred on Sunday afternoon near the entrance to Wicklow harbour, the inshore lifeboat came to the assistance of a small boat with engine failure, helm Mark Kavanagh and two crew brought the boat with one person on board safely ashore. The inshore lifeboat crew were helm Mark Kavanagh Paul Sillery and Matt Doyle.
(Pic. Tommy Dover, Wicklow RNLI)