Lough Derg RNLI assists six people on a 38ft cruiser aground
At 7.20pm, on Friday (4 August) Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI to assist six people after their 38ft cruiser ran aground at the Goat Road, on the eastern shore of Lough Derg.
At 7.40pm the lifeboat launched with helm Eleanor Hooker, Dean O’Sullivan and Kevin Dooley on board. Winds were westerly, Force 3. Visibility was good.
The lifeboat located the cruiser inside the Goat Rd. and the navigation buoy E. The lifeboat took soundings and came in alongside the cruiser. All six passengers were found to be safe and unharmed and were requested to don their lifejackets.
An RNLI volunteer transferred across to the casualty vessel and checked that it was not holed. He set up a bridle and tow and told the passengers what to expect as the boat was taken off the rocky shelf.
The lifeboat made made numerous attempts to take the cruiser off the rocks, but it was stuck fast. The owner of the cruiser had arranged for two marine engineers to attend the cruiser on a motorboat. The lifeboat crew made contact with the engineers and advised them that they were taking all passengers and the RNLI volunteer off the cruiser to lighten its load, and agreed that the two experienced engineers would take the cruiser off the rocks with their vessel. The lifeboat informed Valentia Coast Guard of the plan, and that it would stand by until the cruiser was afloat.
At 9.26pm, the cruiser was afloat, but as night was falling, the lifeboat took the passengers across the lake to the closest harbour at Rossmore, whilst one of the engineers helmed the cruiser.
At 9.38pm the lifeboat departed the scene.
At 11.00pm the lifeboat was ready again for service.
Liam Maloney, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat Station, advises all boat users on the lake, to ‘bring up to date charts of the lake and plan your passage before leaving harbour, and do not to stray off the navigation route’.
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