Investigation lauched after three lifeboatmen had to be rescued following capsize of D-class lifeboat

Three lifeboatmen had to be rescued after their lifeboat capsized in Wexford Harbour on Sunday morning. Contact with the RNLI D-class inshore lifeboat was lost while it was carrying out an exercise south of Ravens Point, and a search was immediately launched.

Two of the lifeboat’s crew managed to stay in contact with the upturned lifeboat and were winched to safety by an Irish Coast Guard helicopter. The third crewmember was recovered safely a mile-and-a-half northeast of the scene by Rosslare RNLI lifeboat.

All three crewmembers were taken to hospital but released after undergoing checks. A full investigation into the incident has been launched by the RNLI in liaison with Wexford Lifeboat Station and the Irish Coast Guard.