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Wicklow RNLI Crew Members Bring Fishermen To Safety

Wicklow RNLI brought three fishermen to safety on Monday after their vessel developed mechanical problems 11 nautical miles northeast of Wicklow Harbour.

The all-weather lifeboat RNLB Bridie O'Shea slipped its mooring at 12.19pm to reports of a fishing boat with engine failure. The lifeboat was under the command of Coxswain Alan Goucher.

The volunteer lifeboat crew located the casualty vessel 30 minutes after launching in a position 11 miles northeast of Wicklow Harbour. Conditions on scene were wind from a north easterly direction force 5/6, with moderate seas and good visibility.

After an assessment of the situation was carried out by Coxswain Goucher, it was decided a tow was the best option given the casualty vessel's engine failure.

The tow was established, and a course set for the nearest safe port at Wicklow Harbour with the casualty vessel being secured alongside at 3.50pm.

Speaking after the call out, Wicklow RNLI Coxswain Alan Goucher said: ‘All the volunteer crew's training for these types of conditions was put to very good use today. We would like to remind everyone to have an effective means of communication in case of an emergency. That communication helped us locate the casualty today.’

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