Following an alert by pager on Sunday Arklow RNLI’s Lifeboat Ger Tigchleaar was launched within minutes to the aid of casualty vessel that was reported to be taking on water with 3 persons aboard.
In calm conditions our volunteer crew proceeded to scene and after locating the vessel approximately two miles South East of Arklow, a towline was quickly established and it was decided to get the vessel back to port as quickly as possible.
Upon arrival back at Arklow Harbour, where all hands were brought ashore safely, it was decided that due to the level of water which had entered the vessel, the salvage pump needed to be put aboard to re-float the vessel fully.
Once the water was cleared, repairs were made and the vessel was re-floated and then returned to her berth at Arklow Marina.
Speaking following the incident, Aidan Downey, Coxswain said “This was a close call, if there had been any delay in alerting the lifeboat, this vessel would have been lost, thankfully we were able to get to the casualty in the nick of time”
Arklow RNLI’s Volunteers for this shout were: Aiden Downey, Coxswain, Michael Fitzgerald, Mechanic, Andrew Loughlin, Jimmy Myler, Evan Thomas, Leigh Downey & Scott Heaney