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Wicklow RNLI assist three sailors

Lifeboats News Release

Wicklow all-weather lifeboat launched this afternoon (Wednesday 13 June) to assist a yacht with engine failure.

Wicklow all-weather lifeboat (File Photo)


Wicklow all-weather lifeboat (File Photo)
The 12-metre yacht, with three sailors on board, contacted the Coast Guard for assistance, after losing all power south of Wicklow head.

The lifeboat with Coxswain Nick Keogh and a volunteer crew launched at 3.10pm was alongside the yacht twelve minutes later.

Weather conditions in the area were sea state moderate, with wind south westerly force five.

A towline was quickly established, and a course was set for Wicklow harbour.

The yacht with three sailors was brought safely alongside the north quay shortly after 4.15pm.

The crew on the callout were Coxswain Nick Keogh, Mechanic Brendan Copeland, Carol Flahive, Paul Sillery and Ian Thompson.

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