By Dan Walsh
A 24-foot sailing yacht with one person on board was brought to safety by the Arklow RNLI Lifeboat Ger Tigchlearr after running aground at Clogga Bay, just north of Kilmicheal Point on the Wexford/Wicklow border, on Tuesday afternoon.
The Irish Coast Guard requested the launch of Arklow RNLI at 4.26pm and the volunteer crew made their way to Clogga Bay, south of Arklow Harbour, where a sailing yacht with one person aboard was aground in shallow waters.
Once the towline was established the lifeboat gently pulled the sailing vessel to deeper water. Once it was established the boat was dry and not taking on water, the XP boat and crew came back aboard the lifeboat and proceeded back to Arklow with the casualty on tow. All hands were back ashore approximately 40 minutes later.
Arklow RNLI Coxswain Ned Dillon said; “Thanks to our crew, this was an excellent successful service, where we got to deploy and use very many of the safety critical tools and lifesaving equipment we carry aboard the lifeboat. In all my years I have never seen all these items being deployed at once and never so successfully, it’s a real testament to our crew and the excellent training we get from RNLI.”