Local Vessel towed to safety by Arklow RNLI

Arklow RNLI’s Volunteers were alerted by pager at 09:22  this morning 20/08/14

RNLB Ger Tigchleaar was launched within minutes in response to a call for help from a  local fishing vessel.

The vessel had developed engine problems.

Our dedicated crew of Coxswain Ned Dillon, Michael Fitzgerald-Mechanic, Roger Tyrell, John Bermingham, Andy Loughlin & Jimmy Myler in a moderate sea  proceeded to scene and after locating the casualty vessel 11 Miles South South east of Courtown, established a tow line and proceeded with the long slow tow back to Arklow arriving back at 11.30am.

The 2 Crewmembers aboard the casualty vessel  remained aboard during the tow home  and all  hands came ashore safely at Arklow.

Speaking following the incident, Mark Corcoran, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer & Sea Safety Officer said  “All persons who take to the water whether for a living or for pleasure must always wear their lifejackets and should always have a means of raising the alarm ”Even with the years of experience these professional fishermen have, mechanical problems can still occur”

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