On Tuesday 12th April, the Irish Coast Guard requested the launch of an Arklow Lifeboat.
On Tuesday 12th April at 5.30pm, the Irish Coast Guard requested the launch of an Arklow Lifeboat. Within minutes, the volunteer crew had launched their all weather lifeboat Ger Tigchlearr.
The volunteers made their way to the reported position near the entrance to Arklow Harbour and once on scene it became clear that there was indeed two fishing boats each with 2 persons aboard. One had the other under tow and was making its way into the river with the second boat on tow. Coxswain Ned Dillon offered assistance if required, the lifeboat then stood by as the broken down vessel was towed back into the harbour by the other fishing vessel.
Once the 2 boats safely had lines ashore, the lifeboat stood down and returned to berth. The crew for this shout were, Coxswain Ned Dillon, James Russell, Jimmy Myler, Craig O’Reilly, Michel Mordaunt and John Tyrrell. Following the callout Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI Volunteer Press/Community Safety Officer, said, “Well done to the second crew on taking their colleagues on tow and getting them safely back to port. As we come into the better weather and the boating season kicks in, please check your boat and boating equipment, lifejackets, etc. prior to going to sea”.