Wicklow RNLI rescue local fishermen

Wicklow RNLI came to the rescue of three fishermen last Tuesday (13th February), when their vessel experienced mechanical problems off the Wicklow coast.

The all-weather lifeboat RNLB Bridie O’Shea under the command of Coxswain Ciaran Doyle, slipped its moorings from the south quay shortly before 9.00am and proceeded north to the vessels last reported position.

The 11-metre fishing vessel was located at 9.35am drifting approximately eight miles off Bray Harbour, three fishermen onboard were found to be safe and well. Weather conditions at the time were favourable with calm sea and good visibility.

The fishing boat was found to have suffered engine failure and was unable to return to port under its own power, so the decision was made to tow the vessel to safety.

A towline was quickly established, and the lifeboat began to tow the stricken vessel back to Wicklow harbour.

The fishing vessel was secured alongside the south quay at 12.40pm where the fishermen were landed safely ashore.

Speaking after the call out, Lifeboat Press Officer, Tommy Dover said: ‘The fishermen did the right thing this morning by calling the Coast Guard for assistance, our volunteer crew were happy to help’

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