Lough Derg RNLI assists four people on 40ft cruiser in severe weather
Lough Derg RNLI assisted four people on board a 40ft cruiser today, after the anchor came loose and dragged beneath their boat in severe weather.
The lifeboat launched at 11.42am with helm Peter Clarke, Lorna Walsh and Barry Morkan on board. Winds were south-westerly, Force 5, gusting 6/7, visibility was good.
The RNLI lifeboat was alongside the cruiser at 11.52am. Everyone on board was safe and unharmed and wearing their lifejackets.
An RNLI crew member reassured everyone on board the cruiser. Given the severe weather conditions and the exposed location, it was decided to let it the anchor go, when after numerous attempts, it could not be recovered back on board.
An RNLI crew member checked the cruiser for any other potential problems, and found everything to be in working order, the cruiser continued its journey to the public harbour at Dromineer, where it took shelter.
Speaking following the call out, Liam Maloney, Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager advised: ‘Check the weather before setting out from harbour and to ensure all items are stowed correctly’.
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