First call out of the new year for Arklow RNLI

John Tyrrell, & Michael Mordaunt

Arklow’s all-weather lifeboat crew interrupted a crew training exercise on Sunday to come to the aid of a local fishing vessel.

The crew was en-route and setting up for a training exercise off Arklow South Beach when an emergency call came in from a nearby fishing vessel.

The skipper of the fishing vessel had contacted the lifeboat, having lost propulsion while en route to Arklow .

With Eddie McElheron at the helm, our volunteer crew of Michael Fitzgerald, John Bermingham, Matt Heaney and 2 New Crew Members John Tyrrell, & Michael Mordaunt , immediately diverted from their training exercise to proceed South to a position off Clogga Bay to assist the casualty vessel.

Within minutes our all-weather lifeboat Ger Tigchlearr arrived alongside the fishing vessel , a towing line was attached and the vessel with 4 aboard was then taken on tow back North to Arklow Harbour.

Following the rescue, Mark Corcoran- Arklow RNLI Press Officer & Community Safety Officer said

“Our Volunteers train regularly to ensure they are rescue ready. This exercise/shout included 2 of our new crew trainees, I’d like to congratulate them on their first shout!”