RNLI responds to three consecutive call outs bringing eight people
RNLI responded to three consecutive call outs yesterday evening
(Wednesday 3 May) bringing three yachts with eight onboard, safely
volunteer crew who spent six hours at sea, was first requested to
launch their all-weather lifeboat shortly before 4.30pm, following
a report that a 23ft yacht was in difficulty somewhere near Arklow
lifeboat under Coxswain Ned Dillon and with six crew members onboard
proceeded to the scene and commenced a search in an area east of
the bank. The Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 from Waterford
was also tasked.
conditions at the time were favourable but there was a north east
Force 5-6 wind blowing.
lifeboat located the sailing vessel which was travelling from Fishguard
to Belfast when its crew of three encountered difficulties, one
mile east of Arklow Bank.
assessed the situation, Coxswain Ned Dillon decided to put a crew
member onboard the vessel to assist with the rigging of a tow and
to check if any medical assistance was required.
ensuring the occupants of the boat were able to continue the trip,
a towline was established and the lifeboat began to tow the vessel
safely into Arklow.
the lifeboat was completing the call, the crew was alerted once
again and requested to go to the assistance of a 20ft yacht with
two onboard which had got a rope tangled in its propeller. Once
the crew of the first casualty vessel were safely brought to shore,
the lifeboat immediately returned to sea and went to the sailors
assistance. The lifeboat crew helped the sailors untangle the rope
before towing the yacht into Arklow.
the lifeboat crew were assisting the yacht, a third call for help
came, this time to assist a 13m yacht with three onboard that had
got into difficulty off Cahore Point off the Wexford coast. As Arklow
RNLI was already at sea, the nearby Rosslare Harbour lifeboat was
requested to launch.
all-weather lifeboat from Rosslare under Coxswain Eamonn ORourke
and with six crew onboard, set up a tow and commenced the passage
towards Arklow. Once Arklow lifeboat had completed its second service
of the evening, the crew returned to sea for a third time where
they met the lifeboat from Rosslare. The tow was transferred and
Arklow completed the tow back to the harbour.
following the call outs, Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat
Press Officer said: It is unusual to have three back to back
call outs in one evening but we were more than happy that we were
able to return all three vessels and their crew safely to shore.
It is on occasions like this evening where our skills and training,
particularly those gained from joint training exercises with our
colleagues at other lifeboat stations such as Rosslare, really kicks
in and ensures we are ready to work together and assist each other
in all conditions.
reminded anyone taking to the sea during the good weather spell
and on into the summer season to respect the water.
we want everyone to enjoy the sea, we would encourage anyone planning
a trip on the water to think safety first. Always wear a lifejacket
and always have a means for calling and signalling for help. Always
check the weather forecast and tide times. Make sure someone ashore
knows where you are going and who to call if you dont return