Late Night Call for Wicklow RNLI
Shortly after 11 p.m. this evening (Saturday, June 19), as many people prepared for bed, Wicklow’s RNLI volunteers left their homes around town to assemble at the lifeboat station in the wake of Coast Guard pager alert.
Ten minutes later, at 11:13 p.m., the all-weather lifeboat Wicklow RNLI slipped its moorings at the south quay and headed north to investigate reports of a yacht in difficulty south of Greystones.
The yacht with three people on board was located 4 miles south of Greystones at 11:45 p.m. The weather conditions at the scene were good with calm seas and light airs.
An assessment was made and the yacht was found to have a fouled rope in the propeller, efforts were made by the lifeboat crew to clear the obstruction, but a rope remained tangled in the propeller shaft. This prevented the engine from starting and the yacht heading to port.
Arms Captain Keogh decided that it was necessary to tow to the port of Greystones and that it was the safest way to help the sailors. The yacht was brought alongside Greystones Marina at 12:45 am Sunday morning and the three sailors safely disembarked ashore.
The lifeboat crew then returned to Wicklow Harbor and returned to the station at 1.30am.
Speaking after the call, Wicklow RNLI press secretary Tommy Dover said: “This was the first call from the all-weather lifeboat crew using the new towing equipment.”
The crew on the call were coxswain Nick Keogh, mechanic Tommy Murphy, Graham Fitzgerald, Paul Sillery, John Stapleton and Ian Thompson.
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