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Monday 22 July 2019

Fishing boat towed safely to harbour after rope fouls propeller

The Jock and Annie Slater towing a fishing vessel back to the harbour
The Jock and Annie Slater towing a fishing vessel back to the harbour

Two fishermen had to be brought to safety last Monday after their seven-metre vessel got into difficulties eight miles south of Wicklow harbour near Brittas Bay beach.

The all-weather lifeboat Jock and Annie Slater was launched just after 2.15 p.m. under the command of Coxswain Nick Keogh and a volunteer crew, following a launch request from the Irish Coast Guard to assist a fishing vessel with a rope fouled propeller.

The stricken vessel was located around 20 minutes later at the south end of Brittas Bay near to Potter's Point. Conditions on scene were wind south easterly force two with sea state slight and good visibility.

A towline was established, and the fishing vessel was towed south to Arklow harbour. Once the boat was secured and the two fishermen landed safely ashore the lifeboat returned to Wicklow.

The crew on the call-out were coxswain Nick Keogh, mechanic Brendan Copeland, Tom McAulay, Graham Fitzgerald and Connie O' Gara.

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