Motor cruiser develops mechanical problems
Wicklow's new lifeboat 'Jock and Annie Slater' was launched for the fifth time last Tuesday following her arrival in April.
The all-weather Shannon class lifeboat slipped her moorings at 4.50 p.m. to come to the assistance of a motor cruiser suffering from engine failure.
The 12-metre motor cruiser with eight people on board had set out from Wales and was crossing the Irish sea to Malahide, when it developed mechanical problems and lost all propulsion. The skipper contacted the Coast Guard by marine VHF radio for assistance.
Wicklow lifeboat was alongside the casualty at 5.45 p.m. about 19 miles offshore. Conditions in the area were wind south east force two, while the sea state was considered slight and visibility was good. A tow line was established, and the motor cruiser was taken in tow back to Wicklow harbour.
The lifeboat brought the motor cruiser alongside the East pier at 8 p.m. that evening and the eight people were landed safely ashore.
The crew involved in the rescue were deputy coxswain Tom McAulay, mechanic Brendan Copeland, David O'Leary, Carol Flahive, Graham Fitzgerald and Joe Hanlon.