Early morning call out for Arklow and Wicklow RNLI to assist fishing vessel with seven onboard

Three RNLI lifeboats from Wicklow and Arklow launched after 5.00am this morning to assist a grounded fishing vessel with seven people onboard.

The volunteer lifeboat crews quickly located the 20m fishing vessel which had ran aground on the Wolf Rock near Brittas Bay beach.

Weather conditions in the area at the time were described as blowing a north-easterly, force 4-5 wind with rough seas.

Arriving on scene, the lifeboat crews observed that no one was in immediate danger. No leaks or damage were found during an inspection of the hull.

Towlines were quickly established between the casualty vessel using Wicklow RNLI’s inshore lifeboat. The fishing vessel was re-floated by the two all-weather lifeboats from Arklow and Wicklow and the vessel was towed clear of the rock.

The fishing vessel was then towed into Wicklow harbour by Arklow and Wicklow all-weather lifeboats, arriving shortly before 11am where she was safely secured alongside the East pier.

Speaking following the call out, Tommy Dover, Wicklow RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘Our lifeboat and shore crews had an early call this morning but we were delighted to help and bring this vessel safely to shore. The call out was a real team effort this morning where ours crews from both Wicklow and Arklow were able to put their skills and joint training to good use in assisting the fishermen to Wicklow harbour.’

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