Arklow RNLI’s early wake up call to assist 4 persons aboard stricken fishing vessel

Arklow RNLB Ger Tigchlearr and her volunteer crew launched this morning 13/5/14 at 05.45 to the aid of a local fishing vessel.

 Within minutes of the pager alert, the lifeboat was making for the casualty vessel which was approximately 16 miles South of Arklow, arriving on scene approximately 40 minutes later.

Once on scene the volunteers secured a tow line to the casualty vessel.

The vessel a 45ft local fishing vessel with 4 crewmembers aboard had developed engine trouble and was adrift.

 Once the crew members had made fast the towline, Arklow Lifeboat proceeded to tow the casualty vessel back to Arklow.

 Upon arrival back in Arklow shortly after 9.30am,  the casualty vessel was brought alongside where the crew came ashore safely.  

 Mark Corcoran, Lifeboat Sea Safety Officer said following the incident,

 “Even experienced Fishermen and Sailors can be caught out while at sea, be prepared, never take chances and always wear a lifejacket.”

 The volunteer crew for this shout were, Ned Dillon-Coxswain, Michael Fitzgerald-Mechanic, Eddie McElheron, Andrew Loughlin, Jimmy Myler,  Craig O’Reilly and James Russell.

(Source and picture Arklow RNLI)

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