Lough Derg RNLI assists four people on a 40ft cruiser aground by Hare Island
At 1.40pm today (Thursday 5 April) Lough Derg RNLI launched following a request from Valentia Coast Guard to assist four people after their 40ft cruiser grounded inside the red navigation mark by Hare Island.
The lifeboat, with Helm Ger Egan and crew Owen Cavanagh and Delia Ho on board located the vessel at 1.50pm. Winds were southeasterly, Force 5. Visibility was good.
The passengers were found to be safe and unharmed and wearing their lifejackets. An RNLI volunteer was transferred across to the casualty vessel where he checked that the vessel was not holed or suffered damage to its propellers or rudder.
The cruiser was taken off the rocks and continued its onward journey without further assistance from the lifeboat.
The lifeboat departed the scene at 2.11pm, and was ready for service again at 2.36pm
Lifeboat helm Ger Egan advises boat users to ‘enjoy the lake, but make sure you plan your trip and ensure you stay the correct side of navigation marks on the lake.’
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.