09/24/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/24/2018 02:13
Arklow RNLI launched yesterday (Sunday 23 September) after a pager alert at 12.55pm from the Irish Coast Guard.
The volunteer crew left their families and Sunday lunch behind and within minutes of the alert were aboard the all-weather lifeboatGer Tigchlearrand underway.
The lifeboat made its way to the reported position east of Cahore point in County Wexford.
Once the casualty vessel and its crew of three were located, it was established that the vessel was adrift and although had power it could not make any headway due to its propeller being fouled with fishing gear.
Arklow RNLI's volunteers then rigged a tow line and set up for a long slow tow home to Arklow.
All hands came ashore safely in Arklow approximately 5 hours later.
Following the incident, Mark Corcoran Community Safety Officer at Arklow RNLI said: 'We would like to remind people to respect the water and always wear a lifejacket 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
RNLI media contacts
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