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Wicklow RNLI assist fishing vessel with rope fouled propeller

Three fishermen were brought to safety by Wicklow RNLI on Thursday afternoon (22 February), after their vessel developed mechanical problems three miles southeast of Wicklow Head.

Wicklow RNLI team post call out

The all-weather lifeboat RNLB Bridie O’Shea slipped its moorings at 2.50pm from the South Quay and put to sea under the command of Coxswain Nick Keogh.

The lifeboat crew was alongside the casualty vessel ten minutes later. The fishermen had deployed their anchor after losing propulsion while fishing for whelk and contacted the Coast Guard for assistance. Conditions in the area at the time was wind south easterly in direction force 4, with moderate sea and good visibility.

Speaking after the call out Coxswain Nick Keogh said, ‘We carried out an assessment on the 12-metre fishing vessel and found that a rope was fouled in one of the propellers, so we established a tow and brought it back to Wicklow port.’

The fishing vessel was brought alongside the south quay just before 4.20pm, where the three crew were landed safely ashore.

When going afloat we would remind everyone to check their engine and fuel, always wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid, and carry a means of calling for help. Most importantly if you see someone in difficulty on or near the water, dial 999 and ask for the Coast Guard.

It has been a busy month of February for the Wicklow RNLI team; Three fishermen were brought to safety by Wicklow RNLI on Saturday afternoon (10th February), after their 12m vessel developed mechanical problems off the Wicklow coast. This was quickly followed up on Tuesday (13 February), when three more fishermen were brought to safety after their 11m vessel experienced mechanical problems 8 miles off Bray Harbour.