Lough Derg RNLI launch to cruiser run aground south of Tullabeg with two people
Lifeboat crew with Lough Derg RNLI had a Sunday (3 June) lunchtime callout over the bank holiday weekend to assist two people onboard a 27ft cruiser which had run aground at Tullabeg.
Conditions for the callout were calm with a force two and a westerly wind. Visibility was excellent. The lifeboat was on scene in minutes when the call came in at 12.15pm as the crew were already on exercise in the area.
After arriving on scene one lifeboat crewmember boarded the cruiser to check on the condition of the two crew and to make sure the vessel was intact and not taking on water. Once it was established that the two people were fine and there was no structural damage to the cruiser, the lifeboat crew then towed it out to deep water to allow the craft to continue on its way. The lifeboat waited a short time to ensure the cruiser was able to proceed safety before they returned to station.
Commenting on the callout, Lough Derg RNLI Helm Owen Cavanagh said, ‘With the good weather continuing there are a lot more people on the water. We would always advise to plan any water based activity well in advance and if out on a boat to make proper preparations for the trip, including taking the correct equipment and keeping a close eye on the surroundings.’
Lifeboat crew for the callout were Helm Owen Cavanagh and Barry Morkan and Joe O' Donoghue.
RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Tel: 087 1254 124 / 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 087 6483547 email: Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org
Key facts about the RNLI
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.