RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

08/27/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/27/2018 11:38

Early start for Arklow RNLI to fishing vessel in difficulty

Following a pager alert by the Irish Coast Guard at 7.28am this morning (Monday 27 July ) Arklow Lifeboat was launched to reports of a fishing vessel in difficulty.

Within a few minutes Arklow lifeboat Ger Tigchelarrand her volunteer crew were en route to the casualty vessel.

Once on scene approximately four miles south of Arklow the volunteer lifeboat crew were able to ascertain that the vessel had suffered machinery failure and needed assistance. A tow line was set up and the vessel and its crew of three was towed back to Arklow where all hands came ashore safely.

Following the callout, Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI Community Safety Officer said, 'Following these incidents its important to stress to all who go on or in the water the importance of having a means of calling for help, the earlier our crews can get to the casualty the better the outcome.'

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For more information please contact Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0868260439, email [email protected] or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer on 087 648 3547 or email [email protected] or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 087 1254 124 or 01 8900 460 email [email protected]

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland