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Lough Derg RNLI assist a lone fisherman after boat gets wedged in rocky shoal

Lifeboats News Release

At 5.40pm today, Sunday September 4, Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat was requested to launch by Valentia Coast Guard, to assist a fisherman whose boat was wedged inside a rocky shoal.

At 5.50pm, the lifeboat launched with helm Eleanor Hooker, Lian Knight and Keith Brennan on board. Winds was east-southeasterly, Force 2. Visibility was good.
 
The lifeboat located the vessel in Youghal Bay. The fisherman was safe and wearing his lifejacket. He was taken onto the lifeboat and an RNLI volunteer transferred across to the lakeboat. The boat was taken off the shoal and into safe water. The lifeboat towed the boat to safe harbour in Youghal Bay.
 
Peter Kennedy, Deputy Launching Authority at Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat, advises boat users to ‘to bring charts with you and know the areas close to shore marked as un-navigatable’.

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For more information please contact Eleanor Hooker, Lough Derg RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0877535207, email lnrhooker@gmail.com or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Ireland on 0876483547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Ireland on 0871254124 or 018900460 or email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

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