Arklow lifeboat launched to aid fishing vessel

Following a pager alert at 4.15 pm on Friday afternoon (28/9/18) Arklow RNLI launched Ger Tigchlearr,

The lifeboat was requested following a report to the Coastguard of a vessel in distress with apparent engine difficulties.

The lifeboat made its way to the reported position well South of Arklow and about 3 miles east of Cahore Point. Once the casualty vessel and its crew of three was located, it was established that the vessel was adrift and had suffered full mechanical failure.

Once safely alongside , Arklow RNLI’s volunteers then rigged a tow line and set up for a long slow tow home to Arklow.

All hands came ashore safely in Arklow approximately 4 hours later following the long tow home.

Following the incident, Mark Corcoran Community Safety Officer at Arklow RNLI said:

“Its never easy to make that Call for Help, most of us think we can sort out the unfolding and rapidly worsening situation, I would like to once again 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 whether for work or pleasure”

Further Water Safety Information can be found at www.respectthewater.com

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