4 rescued outside Wexford Harbour

By Dan Walsh

Four people were rescued by crews of Wexford and Rosslare Harbour RNLI after their 16-foot boat suffered engine failure outside of Wexford Harbour shortly after 5pm yesterday (Tuesday) evening.

Rosslare Harbour RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat under Coxswain Eamonn O’Rourke and four other crew members onboard, was first on scene. The Kilmore Quay Harbour Master assisted the crew in locating the casualty vessel.

Wexford and Rosslare Harbour RNLI (Pic; RNL:I/Wexford)

Having assessed the situation, a decision was made to tow the boat into safe waters. Wexford RNLI then took over the tow to navigate the casualty over Wexford bar and through the sandbanks of Wexford Harbour. The four people were safely brought ashore at 6.58pm.

Weather conditions at the time were reasonably good, with a Force 3 westerly wind and good visibility with some showers.

Speaking following the call out, Wexford RNLI Helm Damien Foley said: ‘The casualties did the right thing and contacted the Coast Guard when they were in difficulty. All four were also wearing lifejackets. This call out was well executed between us and our colleagues in Rosslare Harbour. We would remind people that if you see anyone in difficulty on or near the water to ring 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.”

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