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Lough Derg RNLI launched to assist four people after 42ft cruiser runs aground

Lifeboats News Release

At 10.44am Monday (1 May) Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat to launch to assist four people after their 42ft steel cruiser ran aground on a sandbank by the entrance to Dromane Harbour, directly opposite Dromineer, on the County Clare shore of Lough Derg.

Lough Derg lifeboat on exercise

RNLI/Lough Derg

Lough Derg lifeboat on exercise

At 11.05am, the lifeboat launched with helm Ger Egan, Peter Clarke and Keith Brennan on board. Winds were northerly, Force 2. Visibility was very good.

The lifeboat was alongside the casualty vessel at 11.15am - all passengers were found to be safe and unharmed.

An RNLI volunteer was transferred to the casualty vessel and when satisfied that the boat was not holed, it was safely taken off the sandbank. Once in deep water the RNLI crewman checked the rudder and steering. Under tow a small ingress of water was sealed with a bung from the lifeboat toolkit. The lifeboat continued the tow to Dromineer, where engineers prepared to lift the boat from the water for inspection and maintenance.

Liam Maloney, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat, advises boat users to ‘bring charts with you and identify the areas close to shore and islands marked as not navigable’.

The lifeboat returned to Station and was ready for service again at 12.45pm.


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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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