RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

05/29/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/29/2018 05:39

Arklow RNLI launch to assist motor cruiser caught in lobster pots

Following a pager alert by the Irish Coast Guard at 3.20pm last Saturday (26 May) Arklow Lifeboat was launched to assist a motor cruiser which had become entangled in lobster pots.

Arklow lifeboat proceeded to the scene approximately one mile east of Mizen Head in moderate sea conditions. The 11-metre motor cruiser was located and an on-scene assessment was carried out by the lifeboat crew. It was decided to put a volunteer lifeboat crewmember aboard the stricken vessel to assist the onboard crew of two people who were also accompanied by their dog.

Efforts were made to release the entanglement and when this couldn't be achieved a towline was established. The lifeboat crew towed the casualty vessel back, where the vessel and her crew were brought safely ashore at Arklow Marina.

Following the incident, Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI Community Safety Officer said, 'Well done to the Skipper of this vessel for calling for help early, it's a huge help to our crew when people act quickly. It helps ensure a successful outcome when we go to sea. We would always encourage people to carry a means of calling for help when they venture out on the water in any type of vessel.'


All Photos Brendan Dillon/Arklow RNLI/Mark Corcoran

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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.

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