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RNLI aid stricken fishing boat

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The volunteer crew of Wicklow RNLI Lifeboat Station were called into action yesterday afternoon when a 36-foot fishing boat suffered engine failure near Wicklow Head.

The three-man crew were unable to start the engine and fearing their boat would be swept ashore, contacted the Coast Guard for assistance.

The all-weather lifeboat launched at 2:30pm under the command of Coxswain Ciaran Doyle followed a few minutes later by the inshore lifeboat.

The drifting fishing vessel was located ten minutes later about half a mile east of Bride’s Head. A towline was quickly established and the stricken vessel was towed back to Wicklow by the lifeboat.

Speaking after the call out, Tommy Dover from Wicklow RNLI said: ‘The boat with three fishermen aboard was landed alongside the East Pier at Wicklow Harbour shortly before 3pm this afternoon, safe and well’.

The all weather lifeboat crew on the callout were Coxswain Ciaran Doyle with mechanic Tommy Murphy Terry Sillery Carol Flahive Graham Fitzgerald  John Vize and Peter McCann. The inshore crew were helm Alan Goucher Barry Spencer and Paul Sillery.

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