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Fishermen rescued off Arklow coastline

The distress call came in shortly before 8am this morning.

Image: Mark Corcoran/Arklow RNLI

A FISHING BOAT with two crewmembers has been rescued today off the Arklow coastline by RNLI volunteers

RNLB Ger Tigchleaar was launched minutes after the distress call came in at 7.47am.

The local fishing vessel had suffered engine failure and was without navigation ability about three miles south of Arklow.

The crew consisting of Coxswain Ned Dillon, Station Mechanic Michael Fitzgerald, Brendan Dillon, Craig O’Reilly, Cead Muller and Eddie McElheron, rushed to the lifeboat station, launched Ger Tigchleaar and proceeded to scene.

The volunteers established a tow line and proceeded with the long slow tow back to Arklow.

The two crewmembers remained on board during the tow to land and Arklow RNLI report that all crewmembers are safe and well.

Speaking following the incident, Mark Corcoran, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer and Community Safety Officer said:

While some of our crew were in Dublin yesterday for the 1916 Commemorations, early this morning we were all back to reality when the pagers sounded, owing to the casualty vessel calling for help early, we were able to reach the vessel in good time and tow her home safely.

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