Busy morning for Wicklow RNLI volunteer crew

Two fishing vessels have been towed to safety in separate incidents this morning (Saturday 4th August) by Wicklow all-weather lifeboat Annie Blaker.

The first callout came during the early hours after a 24-metre beam trawler travelling from Howth to Kilmore Quay, experienced total power failure three miles east of Wicklow harbour.

The Coast Guard requested the lifeboat launch after the skipper of the fishing vessel called for assistance.

The lifeboat under the command of Coxswain Nick Keogh launched at 3.35am and was alongside the drifting vessel a short time later.

Weather conditions in the area were sea state calm with wind north easterly force two.

A towline was quickly established, and the trawler with two crew was taken in tow back to Wicklow harbour, where it was safely secured alongside the East pier at 4.45am.

The crew on the callout were Coxswain Nick Keogh, Mechanic Connie O Gara, Ciaran Doyle, Terry Sillery, Carol Flahive, Ian Thompson and Matt Doyle.

The second callout came a couple of hours later after a whelk fishing vessel reported mechanical problems, this time six miles east of Wicklow harbour. The lifeboat launched at 8.40am and was on scene by 9.10am. A towline was rigged, and the whelk boat was towed back to Wicklow harbour. It was secured safely alongside the south quay at 10.25am.

The crew on the second callout were Coxswain Nick Keogh, Mechanic Brendan Copeland, David O Leary, Terry Sillery, Carol Flahive, Paul Sillery and Matt Doyle.

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