Lifeboat called out

July 1983

Bray People - - NEWS -

AT THE height of one of the worst thun­der and light­ning storms this cen­tury, the Wick­low Lifeboat was called into ser­vice on Sun­day night.

They re­ceived a re­port at 11.45 p.m. that three Dublin an­glers who had left Grey­stones in an open 17ft boat ear­lier in the day, had failed to re­turn. Both Wick­low and Dun Laoghaire lifeboats were called into ac­tion. The Wick­low boat searched from Bray Head to Wick­low Head and did not re­turn to base un­til 8.30 a.m. on Mon­day. As well as the elec­tri­cal storm, the search was ham­pered by fog and rain, with radar equip­ment prac­ti­cally use­less in the pre­vail­ing con­di­tions. The miss­ing boad turned up in Grey­stones on Mon­day morn­ing. It had de­vel­oped en­gine trou­ble, and the three oc­cu­pants de­cided to an­chor un­der Bray Head and sit out the storm. They were able to restart their en­gine in the morn­ing.

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