During the busiest part of Arklow Maritime Festival on Sunday, just prior to a rescue exercise with a local pleasure craft and as the blessing of the Arklow Fleet was coming to a conclusion, Arklow RNLI’s pagers sounded.
The crew had been making ready to launch to assist in completion of the blessing ceremony and also to take part in a display exercise involving the local fire service, Coastguard Helicopter, and a local pleasure craft.
Within a couple of minutes our volunteers were en-route through a very busy Arklow harbour and on down river to locate the distressed vessel.
The stricken vessel was located just South of the harbour close in on South beach. The vessel had suffered machinery failure and had 4 persons aboard and was adrift and in danger of going aground at South Beach.
Our crew quickly established a tow line and proceeded to tow the vessel back in to a packed Arklow Harbour at the height of the Maritime festival Weekend with very large crowds at quayside.
Irish Naval Service vessel L.E. Ciara was in attendance at Arklow RNLI Maritime Festival and her Commanding Officer launched a rib which also proceeded to scene and offered assistance, the naval service rib stood by as Arklow Lifeboat towed the casualty vessel back to port. All persons came ashore safely.
Following the incident, Mark Corcoran, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said:
“This incident happened just in advance of a planned exercise involving our lifeboat and the local fire service and the Coastguard helicopter it shows the importance and need for multi agency interactions during search and rescue operations, we look forward to future exercises involving the naval service and all of our local emergency services.