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The Kilmore Quay all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch at 9.04am on Monday morning (29 July) to go to the assistance of a local lobster boat with one person on board,
The fishing boat had fouled its propeller while hauling pots a mile to the south-east of the Little Saltee Island.
Weather conditions at the time were blowing a light southerly breeze and there was good visibility.
When the lifeboat arrived on scene, a tow was set up and the vessel was brought safely to the harbour at Kilmore Quay.
Shortly afterwards, Wicklow RNLI launched at 9.30am in response to a call for assistance from a fishing vessel in difficulties six miles south of Wicklow Harbour.
The vessel with three crew was fishing north of Brittas Bay beach when a rope got fouled in the propeller and she lost steering. The skipper contacted the coastguard for assistance.
Wicklow town's lifeboat, under the command of coxswain Nick Keogh, located the vessel drifting close to the Wolf Rock 20 minutes after launching.
A towline was quickly established and the stricken vessel was towed back to Wicklow Harbour, where she was secured safely alongside the East Pier at 10.40am.
The crew on the call out were coxswain Nick Keogh, mechanic Brendan Copeland, Tommy McAulay, Kevin Rahill, Carol Flahive, Paul Sillery and Graham Fitzgerald.
The Courtown RNLI lifeboat, Cahore Inshore Rescue, the Rosslare RNLI lifeboat and the Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 were all tasked at 7pm to search the area of Cahore on the north Wexford coast, where the boat was last reported fishing.
After searching for some time, the small fishing boat made contact to say they had beached their boat some eight miles north of Cahore Pier at Kilgorman Beach. Both men were safe and well and all rescue services were stood down.
The Courtown lifeboat has since urged all boat users carry a proper means of communication - ideally a VHF radio - and to keep friends and family up to date on their location, especially if they decide to change their location.
That same evening, Rosslare Harbour RNLI was involved in a search for two fishermen after they reported getting into difficulty off the Wexford coast.
The volunteer crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 7.30pm to assist in the search following a request from the coastguard to attend a fishing boat that was reported to be taking on water.
Weather conditions at the time were described as good, with a southerly force three wind.
The fishing boat had set out from Cahore Harbour before getting into trouble. The two crew raised the alarm using a mobile telephone.
Rosslare Harbour RNLI and lifeboats from Courtown RNLI and Cahore, along with the Rescue 117 helicopter, joined in the search.
At 7.50pm, Rescue 117 located the two fishermen safe and well and their vessel on the beach at Glasgorman, near Cahore.
Speaking after the call-out, Rosslare Harbour RNLI deputy volunteer lifeboat press officer Jamie Ryan said: "The emergency services responded swiftly and were on scene quickly.
"The two fishermen did the right thing by raising the alarm when they got into difficulty and thankfully they were both found safely ashore."
#WaterSafety - Rosslare RNLI has given credit to the quick-thinking member of the public who raised the alarm over what they believed to be a swimmer in difficulty - even though the call-out turned out to be a false alarm.
The Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 and two local fishing vessels were also involved in the search, which was stood down after an hour and 45 minutes upon coastguard request as no one was reported missing.
Speaking after the call-out, Rosslare RNLI deputy launching authority Dave Maloney said: "The member of the public who raised the alarm this evening deserves credit for doing so."
He added: "We would always encourage the public to alert the emergency services if they see anyone they believe to be in trouble or any signs of danger."
The message is particularly important in a fortnight that has seen a shocking 10 drownings around the island of Ireland - resulting in a big rise in emergency call-outs over the 2012 mid-summer period.
Elsewhere on the same day, the Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat was requested to help search the water off Ballinamona Strand in Ballycotton Bay, Co Cork, for a missing five-year-old girl.
The little girl was playing on the strand when her family lost sight of her. Emergency services were alerted and a search of the area commenced, but thankfully a short while later the little girl was located safe and well.
In other water safety news, the Irish Coast Guard has issued a public appeal for help locating a training mannequin that was lost in Galway Bay during an exercise off Blackhead in North Clare last week.
#Surfing - Wexford now has its first ever dedicated surf school - thanks to two enterprising brothers.
"Everybody knows that there are good waves on the West Coast," says Jack-Tim, referring to popular surf spots like Lahinch, Mullaghmore and Bundoran, "but most people don't even know that surfing exists on Ireland's east coast, let alone in Wexford."
The brothers aim to entice beginners to the sport, highlighting the smaller surf and safe swimming at Curracloe beach as the perfect environment for novices to ride the waves.
The Wexford People has more on the story HERE.
The all-weather lifeboat with a crew of six was underway within minutes and proceeded to the area where the casualty had developed mechanical failure. The lifeboat arrived on the scene in 10 minutes and proceeded to take the yacht with two people on board in tow.
Both the lifeboat and the stricken vessel were subsequently berthed at the pier in Courtmacsherry village.
This has been a busy week so far for Courtmacsherry RNLI with today's call-out being the fourth in five days.
The others were on Tuesday 9 July to an overdue jet ski in Clonakilty Bay, Thursday 11 July to the aid a windsurfer off Garrettstown, and Friday 12 July to a reported dingy off the Old Head of Kinsale which turned out to be a dead and upturned whale in the sea.
Elsewhere, Saturday was a busy evening for the Courtown lifeboat in Co Wexford.
- lifeboat was launched to a report of two vessels aground in a cove south of Courtown Harbour, quickly locating the vessels – a 15ft speedboat and a personal water craft (PWC) – just south of the harbour in the area known as Salt Rock.
There were two people with the vessels and the speedboat was grounded but swamped.
The lifeboat took both casualties, who were very cold, back to the harbour and then returned first to recover, bail out and tow the speedboat back, and then out to tow the PWC back into the harbour.
The lifeboat then returned to station and refuelled, ready for the Sea Sunday celebrations the following day.
#laser – Ryan Glynn in the Radials with straight firsts was the stand-out performance at last weekend's Laser Leinster Championships in Wexford Harbour Boat Club.
Conditions were 5-15 knots and shifty on Saturday then blowing stink Sunday, all in a fantastic warm, but unstable westerly breeze that reduced racing on Sunday to just one race.
Chris Penney and Mattie O'Dowd had a titanic struggle at the top of the Standard fleet and in the 4.7s, Conor O'Beirne of the Royal St. George YC came through in the last race with a nice confidence boost before he heads off this week to Hungary for the 4.7 European championships.
Results below from Wexford Harbour Boat Club
Laser Leinster Championship Std 2013
Entries: 17 Races Sailed: 4 Discard: 1
|Series Place||Sail No||Type of Boat||Class||Helm||Club||Series Points||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4|
|1||201566||S||Chris Penney||East Antrim BC||5||3||1||1||3|
|2||181999||S||Mathew o'Dowd||Royal St. George YC||5||1||2||2||2|
|3||185104||S||Conor Simms||Royal Ulster YC||10||2||3||8||5|
|4||198554||S||Conor Byrne||Royal St. George YC||11||6||4||3||4|
|5||193562||S||Oisin McClelland||Ballyholme YC||19||10||8||11||1|
|6||197364||S||Sean Murphy||Kinsale YC||19||8||7||4||10|
|7||178335||S||M||Sean Craig||Royal St. George YC||20||4||5||12||11|
|8||201365||S||M||Stephen Penney||East Antrim BC||20||9||12||5||6|
|9||155068||S||M||Ross o'Leary||Royal St. George YC||21||5||6||10||14|
|10||191670||S||M||Colin Galavan||Royal Irish YC||24||12||11||6||7|
|11||185043||S||Peter Cameron||East Antrim BC||25||11||10||7||8|
|12||198560||S||Henry McLaughlin||Carlingford Lough YC||25||7||9||9||9|
|13||181674||S||M||Troy Hopkins||Howth YC||39||13||13||15||13|
|14||173164||S||M||Timmy Washington||Wexford Harb. B&TC||40||15||14||14||12|
|15||178689||S||M||Tommy Fallon||Wexford Harb. B&TC||43||14||16||13||18|
|16||180237||S||M||Paul Ebrill||Wexford Harb. B&TC||47||16||15||16||18|
|17||137120||S||Don Ryan||Wexford Harb. B&TC||54||18||18||18||18|
Laser Leinster Championship Radial 2013
Entries: 32 Races Sailed: 4 Discard: 1
|Series Place||Sail No||Type of Boat||Class||Helm||Club||Tally||Series Points||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4|
|1||198552||R||Y||Ryan Glynn||Ballyholme YC||64||3||1||1||1||1|
|2||190758||R||Y||Dougie Power||Waterford Harb. SC||19||13||2||2||13||9|
|3||183948||R||Y||Ross O'Sullivan||Kinsale YC||76||13||14||7||4||2|
|4||203715||R||Y||Tim Brow||Ballyholme YC||72||13||6||4||7||3|
|5||181428||R||Y||Ronan Jones||Wexford Harb. B&TC||74||17||9||6||2||33|
|6||200637||R||Y||Ruairi Finnegan||Waterford Harb. SC||85||17||8||3||33||6|
|7||191247||R||Y||Andrew Penney||East Antrim BC||45||19||5||5||9||14|
|8||198780||R||Y||Tadhg o'Loingsigh||Tralee Bay SC||87||21||10||8||3||33|
|9||201603||R||Y||Conor o'Farrell||Carlingford Lough YC||63||21||12||9||8||4|
|10||190755||R||John Flynn||Dungarvan Harb. SC||12||27||3||12||12||12|
|11||199054||R||Y||Gary Fekkes||East Antrim BC||93||27||7||14||10||10|
|12||187591||R||Y||Kevin Harrington||Courtown SC||99||28||18||17||6||5|
|13||197362||R||YL||Erica Ruigrok||Rush SC||75||29||4||10||15||18|
|14||198556||R||Y||Mark Bolger||Royal St. George YC||53||31||11||15||5||15|
|15||190759||R||Y||Conor Murphy||Kinsale YC||6||31||15||13||11||7|
|16||196533||R||Y||Sam Wilkinson||Ballyholme YC||91||32||13||11||17||8|
|17||175356||R||Y||Patrick Cahill||Royal St. George YC||55||43||16||22||16||11|
|18||190774||R||YL||Aoife Hopkins||Howth YC||54||46||21||19||14||13|
|19||192602||R||YL||Suzanne Flannigan||Ballyholme YC||78||52||33||18||18||16|
|20||192333||R||Y||Daire Cournane||Kinsale YC||8||55||25||16||20||19|
|21||201828||R||Y||Luke Murphy||Royal St. George YC||2||59||17||23||19||33|
|22||178328||R||Y||Thomas McGrath||Royal Cork YC||100||62||19||21||22||33|
|23||200745||R||Y||Scott O'Sulivan||Kinsale YC||52||65||24||20||33||21|
|24||191319||R||YL||Sorcha Donnelly||Ballyholme YC||47||65||22||24||23||20|
|25||201678||R||L||Jessica Rutherford||Hollywood YC||90||67||20||26||21||33|
|26||197894||R||Y||Nathaniel Gillett||Royal St. George YC||98||69||33||28||24||17|
|27||198526||R||Y||Charlie Edgar||Donaghadee SC||79||73||23||25||25||33|
|28||143122||R||Y||Dermot Wildes||Courtown SC||69||86||26||27||33||33|
|29||186795||R||Y||Gregory Fay||Dungarvan Harb. SC||43||86||28||31||27||33|
|30||167852||R||Y||Conor Clery||Greystones SC||71||86||27||30||29||33|
|31||196018||R||Y||Colm Moloney||Courtown SC||66||87||29||32||26||33|
|32||96255||R||Y||Aaron Jones||Greystones SC||73||87||30||29||28||33|
Laser Leinster Championship 4.7 2013
Entries: 16 Races Sailed: 4 Discard: 1
|Series Place||Sail No||Type of Boat||Class||Helm||Club||Tally||Series Points||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4|
|1||183231||4||Y||Conor O'Beirne||Royal St George YC||4||5||3||1||4||1|
|2||198435||4||YL||Cliodhna o'Regan||Kinsale YC||86||6||2||2||2||4|
|3||180938||4||Y||Richard Thompson||Royal Cork YC||70||7||10||4||1||2|
|4||179328||4||Y||J.D. Elmes||Royal Cork YC||14||12||4||5||3||7|
|5||203716||4||Y||Ciaran Finnegan||Waterford Harb. SC||88||14||1||10||12||3|
|6||201557||4||YL||Jocelyn Hill||County Antrim YC||84||17||6||3||9||8|
|7||190754||4||Y||Conor Sherriff||Courtown SC||94||17||5||7||5||17|
|8||19736||4||Y||Richard Hogan||Howth YC||38||19||7||9||6||6|
|9||189372||4||Y||Billy Duane||Royal Cork YC||59||22||9||6||7||10|
|10||172360||4||YL||Eva Donworth||Royal Cork YC||77||27||11||11||11||5|
|11||172172||4||L||Rebekah Rutherford||Hollywood YC||92||31||13||8||10||17|
|12||198783||4||YL||Caoimhe Cotter||Wexford Harb. B&TC||57||31||14||12||8||11|
|13||163142||4||Y||Luke McGrath||Royal Cork YC||61||34||8||13||13||17|
|14||188461||4||YL||Blathnaid o'Connell||Royal St George YC||62||38||12||14||14||12|
|15||177879||4||Y||Robert Wynne||Dungarvan Harb. SC||83||43||17||17||17||9|
|16||190672||4||YL||Kate MacAdorey||Carlingford Lough YC||89||45||15||15||15||17|
In the first incident on Monday 13 May, a French 6.5m yacht with two people on board got into difficulty as it was taking part in a 'mini Fastnet' yacht race.
The vessel’s crew decided to make for Kilmore Quay due to adverse weather. The yacht had no engine due to race rules and so the lifeboat was reqested to help the crew safely get into the harbour.
The second call-out came last Wednesday evening (15 May) when a member of the public reported to Dublin Coast Guard that a yacht was close in shore and flashing a light.
As the lifeboat crew were letting go the ropes, the coastguard made contact with the vessel, which was at anchor and did not require any assistance.
On Friday afternoon 17 May, the volunteer crew was alerted when an 8m pleasure craft with two people on board had fouled its propeller a quarter mile off the South Head of the Great Saltee Island.
The vessel was freed by the lifeboat crew using a grapnel hook and cutting the rope before towing the boat back to Kilmore Quay Marina.
And last Sunday 19 May saw two shouts which were similar in nature.
The first in the morning involved a small leisure craft with four people on board which suffered engine failure. The crew was relying on a mobile phone for their communications and combined with poor English, it made the task of finding them more challenging.
The crew members were eventually located to the west of the Saltees and were brought back ashore safe and well.
Later the same day, another small leisure craft - this time with three people aboard and again relying on a mobile phone for their communications - had lost power while fishing at the south side of the Little Saltee Island.
The lifeboat was on scene a short time later and towed the vessel back to Kilmore Quay.
This August Bank Holiday weekend, Arklow RNLI and Arklow Harbour will play host to vessels of all shapes and sizes from tall ships such as Ruth to Naval Service vessels, vintage and prototype RNLI lifeboats, emergency service vessels and visiting boats from all around the UK, Ireland and further afield for the fundraising festival, which is now over 50 years old and continues to go from strength to strength.
Boat trips, kayaking and windsurfing opportunities will be up for grabs, as well as the special attraction of the Thundercat Experience, where visitors can head out on the water aboard a Thundercat racing boat.
And that's not to mention the activities or landlubbers such as the carnival, food and craft stalls, live music, model boats, emergency service demonstrations and vintage vehicles.
Arklow RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer Mark Corcoran said: "This weekend really is a must for maritime enthusiasts and all the family. Almost all of the events are free. This is our opportunity to put something back in our town.
"Without our communities continued support we couldn’t continue, so make sure to come down to Arklow this August Bank Holiday weekend for the Gathering of the Fleet-Arklow Maritime Festival."
He added: "There really is something for everybody, so put it in the calendar."
Full details of the festival will be available on the festival's Facebook page, where anyone with a vessel who wants to take part in the festival can make contact. There is also an opportunity for any novice or experienced sailors to arrive at the festival aboard a tall ship – e-mail [email protected] for further details.
Arthurstown Pier is at Waterford Harbour’s eastern shore, seven miles north of Hook Head lighthouse. It is directly east of Passage East. The small quay has a stone bottom. In 2010, following the provision of €56,250 to improve boat access on piers along the Hook Peninsula such as Ballyhack, Slade and Arthurstown Wexford County Council installed a small pontoon facility to encourage leisure boating in the area. As well as local boaters the faciility is also proving popular with local fishermen.
Duncannon Pier Pontoon is at Waterford Harbour’s eastern shore, six miles north of Hook Head lighthouse. It is a small fishing port where you may come alongside the commercial wall. In 2010, following the provision of €56,250 to improve boat access on piers along the Hook Peninsula such as Ballyhack, Slade and Arthurstown Wexford County Council installed a small pontoon facility to encourage leisure boating in the area. As well as local boaters the faciility is also proving popular with local fishermen.