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Byline: On Friday morning 03/04/15 Arkow RNLI was made aware that there was a seal apparently caught in fishing gear close to the Arklow Harbour entrance.
Page Content: Two of Arklow RNLI’s team went to the area to ascertain if it was feasible to launch the lifeboat to rescue the weary animal.  Due to conditions in the area and due to the proximity of the shoreline and an ebbing tide  at the location it was decided it was inadvisable to launch RNLB Ger Tigchelaar.

Because of the trapped animals proximity to the shore, and to eliminate the further risk of any members of the public entering the water to save the seal, a decision was then made to try to rescue the animal from a smaller rescue craft. Two of Arklow RNLI’s volunteers, Michael Fitzgerald, Station Mechanic and Brian Heaney went to sea to the aid of the tiring animal.

After hauling in the fishing gear, the tired and stressed animal was moved to an area where it could make for the shore to rest and was then cut loose from the fishing gear .
The seal had a short break on the lower rocks of the shoreline before making for open water.

Speaking following the incident, Michael Fitzgerald, Station Mechanic said, “Luckily we were able to get to the seal in time to save it, when members of the pubic come across injured or stressed animals like this trapped in fishing gear or injured , they should inform the authorities immediately, they should never enter the water to try to save the animal, they should always leave this to persons who are experienced and have the right equipment to carry out the rescue safely, always respect the water”.

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RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0868260439, email mark@aslsafety.com or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer on 087 648 3547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 087 1254 124 or 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

RNLI online
For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.ie  News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre www.rnli.ie/press

Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the Ireland and the UK. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations with 44 in Ireland. The RNLI is independent of the Coast Guard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives. The RNLI is a charity registered in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland and registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736)

Byline: On Friday morning 03/04/15 Arkow RNLI was made aware that there was a seal apparently caught in fishing gear close to the Arklow Harbour entrance.
Page Content: Two of Arklow RNLI’s team went to the area to ascertain if it was feasible to launch the lifeboat to rescue the weary animal.  Due to conditions in the area and due to the proximity of the shoreline and an ebbing tide  at the location it was decided it was inadvisable to launch RNLB Ger Tigchelaar.

Because of the trapped animals proximity to the shore, and to eliminate the further risk of any members of the public entering the water to save the seal, a decision was then made to try to rescue the animal from a smaller rescue craft. Two of Arklow RNLI’s volunteers, Michael Fitzgerald, Station Mechanic and Brian Heaney went to sea to the aid of the tiring animal.

After hauling in the fishing gear, the tired and stressed animal was moved to an area where it could make for the shore to rest and was then cut loose from the fishing gear .
The seal had a short break on the lower rocks of the shoreline before making for open water.

Speaking following the incident, Michael Fitzgerald, Station Mechanic said, “Luckily we were able to get to the seal in time to save it, when members of the pubic come across injured or stressed animals like this trapped in fishing gear or injured , they should inform the authorities immediately, they should never enter the water to try to save the animal, they should always leave this to persons who are experienced and have the right equipment to carry out the rescue safely, always respect the water”.

Ends

RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0868260439, email mark@aslsafety.com or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer on 087 648 3547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 087 1254 124 or 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

RNLI online
For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.ie  News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre www.rnli.ie/press

Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the Ireland and the UK. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations with 44 in Ireland. The RNLI is independent of the Coast Guard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives. The RNLI is a charity registered in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland and registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736)