Mayday on May day for Arklow RNLI

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RNLB Ger Tigchleaar was launched within minutes in response to a call for help from a vintage Sailing Vessel.

The vessel had suffered engine failure and was without navigation just east of Arklow harbour.

Our dedicated volunteer crew consisting of Coxswain Ned Dillon, Station Mechanic Michael Fitzgerald, Aiden Downey, Craig O’Reilly, Jimmy Myler,  Eddie McElheron and Scott Heaney  rushed to the lifeboat station, launched Ger Tigchleaar and proceeded to scene and after locating the casualty vessel just outside Arklow Harbour, established a tow line and proceeded to tow the vessel safely back into Arklow.

The 5 experienced crewmembers aboard the casualty vessel remained aboard during the tow home and all hands came ashore safely at Arklow.

Speaking following the incident, Mark Corcoran, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer & Community Safety Officer said  “On this the RNLI’s MAYDAY Fundraising Weekend, our fundraising team and boats crew have been busy with all kinds of fundraising events, even after a long day of fundraising our dedicated volunteers turned up this evening en masse to go to the aid of the crew of this stricken vessel, we’re all very proud to be involved with RNLI, so please give generously to the MAYDAY campaign to help keep us doing what we do, which is saving lives in our community”


For anyone who requires FREE impartial Water  Safety Advice from our Community Safety Team, you can contact or call Mark on 086 8260439 to book your advice aboard your boat or ashore or safety presentation or discuss your needs.

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