Lifeboat saves fishing crew from sinking vessel off Wexford


A CREW ON a sinking fishing boat was rescued off Wexford on Friday morning.

The Irish Coast Guard requested the launch of the RNLI Arklow lifeboat on Friday at 9:18 a.m. following a report that a fishing vessel was at risk of sinking nine miles south-east of Arklow , near Courtown.

Arklow RNLI volunteers traveled to the area where Courtown RNLI members and Irish Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter 116 were also at the scene.

When Courtown RNLI arrived at the scene, other fishing vessels were attempting to tow her to safety.

The crew of the distressed vessel had successfully stemmed the flow of water into the vessel.

Upon arrival, Arklow’s lifeboat, the Ger Tigchlearr, was also to install a tug. He towed the damaged vessel to Arklow in calm seas.

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“It’s great to see all the various organizations working together to help save lives at sea and in our communities,” said Mark Corcoran, RNLI Community Safety Officer.

“Fortunately, this announcement has become less risky due to the actions of the crew of the crashed vessel,” said Corcoran.

“We encourage everyone going to sea to make sure they always have a way to call for help and always wear your life jacket,” he said.

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