Lifeboat launches twice in two days

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

IT WAS a busy week­end for the vol­un­teer

Ark­low RNLI crew mem­bers as the lifeboat launched twice over last week­end on Fri­day and Satur­day at the re­quest of the Ir­ish Coast­guard.

The first launch took place on Fri­day, Septem­ber 7 at 3.15 p.m. to a power boat which had de­vel­oped en­gine dif­fi­cul­ties.

Ini­tial re­ports in­di­cated that the ves­sel was just out­side Ark­low Har­bour but when no sign of the ves­sel with one per­son aboard could be found, the vol­un­teers set up a search pat­tern and lo­cated the ves­sel a short time later close to Castle­town Beach, sev­eral miles South of Ark­low. The ves­sel and its owner were towed safely back to Ark­low. On Sun­day, Septem­ber 8 at 3.55 p.m, GER T and her vol­un­teer crew were re­quested to launch to a MAYDAY which had been re­ceived by the Ir­ish Coast Guard.

Within min­utes the crew were en route to a 12.5 me­tre yacht which had be­come fouled in fish­ing gear and was in dif­fi­culty ap­prox­i­mately one mile out­side Ark­low har­bour.

Once on scene it was de­cided to put a crew mem­ber aboard the large yacht to as­sist with try­ing to free the boat from the fish­ing gear, a short time later once freed the yacht plus her six crew were towed back to Ark­low and all came ashore safely.

Fol­low­ing the in­ci­dents, Mark Cor­co­ran Com­mu­nity Safety Of­fi­cer at Ark­low RNLI said ‘We would like to once again re­mind peo­ple to Re­spect the Wa­ter and al­ways wear a life-jacket and carry a means of call­ing for help when go­ing out on the wa­ter’.

Fur­ther Wa­ter Safety In­for­ma­tion can be found at www. re­spec­the­wa­ter.com

Fri­day’s lifeboat shout.

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