Arklow & Courtown RNLI launch to assist 2 Stricken vessels.

Arklow RNLI launched  to a request to assist 2 vessels in need of assistance following a  Launch Request from the Irish Coast Guard .


The volunteer crew left their Saturday evening events and the cup final  and within minutes of the request were aboard RNLB Ger Tigchlearr and underway.


In good conditions, The Allweather Trent Class lifeboat Ger Tigchlearr made its way to the reported position  just North of Cahore point.


Once on scene the casualty vessels were located and  it was confirmed that there were 2 vessels, one yacht  which was being towed North by a powerboat which had suffered engine trouble, when this occurred the yacht  had taken over the tow.


Arklow lifeboat put a crewmember aboard the yacht to assist during the tow and once the  towline was established both vessels were then taken on tow North by Arklow Lifeboat.

During the tow the towline parted.


In the meantime Courtown RNLI had  also been tasked and arrived on scene a short time later, given that night had fallen in around the rescue  and for the immediate safety of both casualty vessels and their combined crew of 2, a decision was made to take both casualty vessels into Courtown Harbour.


Both boats were towed safely into Courtown  by Courtown Lifeboat while Arklow Lifeboat stood by where all hands came ashore safely.

Arklow Lifeboat then returned to base.


Arklow RNLI’s Volunteer crew on this shout were Coxswain Ned Dillon,Brendan Dillon  Aiden Downey,Geoff Kearnes ,Craig O Reilly, John Tyrell & David Molloy.


Following the incident, Declan Smullen- Deputy Launch Authority at Arklow RNLI said:


“Thankfully tonight was a mild relatively calm evening, had conditions been worse the situation might not have ended so well , Id like to say thanks to our volunteers from both Arklow & Courtown who through teamwork got this positive result, We would like to once again remind people to Respect the Water and always wear a lifejacket and carry a means of calling for help like a marine radio”

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