Tributes paid to RNLI crew and Rescue 116 after two rescued from yacht off Wicklow coast
Tributes have been paid to the crew of the Arklow Lifeboat and Rescue 116 who rescued two people from a stricken yacht off the Wicklow Coast.
On Saturday evening at at 7.10pm the Irish Coastguard tasked the RNLI lifeboat station at Arklow to launch following reports of two people adrift in a reported dismasted yacht.
A short time later the charity’s volunteers launched the station’s All Weather Lifeboat Ger Tigchlearr and the crew headed out of Arklow harbour directly and immediately commenced a search.
Given the high risk nature of the report, the Coastguard also tasked the Northern Flank station at Wicklow RNLI and also Irish Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 116 to the area.
The Irish Customs Cutter Faire was in the area and also joined in the search.
“With all vessels and the Rescue Helicopter now actively searching the area it wasn’t long before the vessel was located by our colleagues in the helicopter,” statement from RNLI said.
“With the country slowly getting back to the new normal following lockdown, lots of people are taking to the waves, I would like to remind anyone going to sea to always wear your lifejacket and carry a reliable means of calling for help like a VHF Radio and also ensure you plan effectively for your journey,” Mark Corcoran, Community Safety Officer at Arklow RNLI said.
“Thankfully we were able to get to these two casualties in good time and bring them home safely. Thanks too to our colleagues from Rescue 116, Wicklow RNLI and the Crew of the Customs Cutter Faire for their assistance on this shout.”