Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat assists 6 people on a 25ft cruiser with engine failure

Lifeboats News Release

At 11.36am today, Sunday August 6, whilst out on exercise, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to assist 6 people after their 25ft motorboat fouled its propellers on a line and suffered engine failure.


Lough Derg RNLI

The boat was reported to be near Coolbawn, at the northeastern shore of Lough Derg.

The lifeboat, with helm Peter Clarke, Owen Cavanagh and Kevin Dooley on board, responded immediately. Winds were southwesterly, Force 5. Visibility was fair with frequent heavy squalls. They located the vessel at 11.50am.

All six passengers were found to be safe and unharmed and wearing their lifejackets. The motor boat had fouled its propellers whilst wake-boarding, and then suffered engine failure. The skipper dropped anchor to prevent being pushed onto rocks.

An RNLI volunteer was transferred across to the casualty vessel, where he cut away the lines caught around the propellers of both engines. He set up a bridle in preparation for a tow, and after he weighed anchor, the lifeboat took the boat and her passengers under tow to Coolbawn Quay.

The lifeboat departed the scene at 12.53pm, and was ready for service again at 1.45pm

Liam Maloney, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat Station, advises boat users to ‘enjoy the lake, but make sure all your ropes are clear of your engine and carefully stowed when not in use.’


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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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