On Saturday afternoon, I was in the right place at the right time. The Arklow RNLI Lifeboat headed out of the harbour at full tilt.
At first I though they were just heading out in support of the approaching yacht fleet but I soon realised they were off on a different mission for they just kept racing into the distance.
More than 90 minutes later I noticed a spec on the horizon. I waited because I thought it may be the Lifeboat returning, It was. It took ages for it to get back to port because it was crawling along at less than 20% of its top speed… with its broken down fair in tow! Once again, this volunteer service went to the rescue of someone in need. Total dedication!
Just by the way, seeing the Lifeboat in operation reminded me of the work I did in a previous lifetime. Based at a maritime helicopter squadron we worked with the NSRI, the equivalent rescue service in South Africa. So… as you do… you go looking on the internet and lo-and-behold, Port Elizabeth Station 6 still has names and faces I remember from those days… as well as the boats we knew back then! Memories…