January 17, 2021

Local lifeboat volunteers come to rescue of stricken vessel off Wicklow coast

Local lifeboat volunteers came to the rescue to a vessel that got into difficulty about a mile off the coast of county Wicklow over the weekend.

The Irish Coastguard contacted Arklow RNLI after they receieved a report that a small boat had gotten into difficulty.

A short time later the charity’s volunteers launched the station’s all-weather lifeboat from Arklow Harbour.

When the got to the stricken vessel, which had two people on board, they discovered the 10-metre motor boat had lost propulsion after a rope became entangled in its its propeller.

A tow line was rigged and once the rope was untangled the vessel was towed back into Arklow Harbour where, according to Arklow RNLI,  “all hands came ashore safely”.

Speaking after the rescue, Arklow RNLI Community Safety Officer Mark Corcoran said: “Thankfully the skipper of this vessel made the call to the Coastguard and requested assistance early. This is the key to ensuring our lifeboat can get to casualties on time: always remember to have your means of calling for help with you and always wear your lifejacket.”

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