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Second callout for Lough Derg RNLI in 24 hours to assist two people

Lifeboats News Release

Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat launched at 6pm this evening (Sunday 3 July) following a request from Valentia Coast Guard to assist two people on board a 20ft motor boat that had gone aground off Ryan’s Point.

Winds were south-westery, force 2 and visibility was good.
At 6.10pm the lifeboat, with helm Gerry O’Neil, Owen Cavanagh and Lorna Walsh located the vessel aground in Youghal Bay, south of Ryan’s Point.  The two people on board were safe and unharmed.
Two RNLI volunteers waded into the shallows and were able to manoeuvre the boat into safe water.  The vessel had not suffered any damage and RNLI crew helped to tie it up alongside in a harbour close by.
Brendan O’Brien, Deputy Launching Authority for Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat, advises lake users ‘to study their charts to familiarize themselves with water depths off the navigation routes.’

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For more information please contact Eleanor Hooker, Lough Derg RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0877535207, email or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Ireland on 0876483547 or email or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Ireland on 0871254124 or 018900460 or email

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