Enniskillen RNLI rescue two people after a boat breaks free from jetty
Enniskillen RNLI have rescued two people on Lower Lough Erne after their 42 foot cruiser broke free from the jetty it was moored at during high winds.
Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of the charity’s inshore lifeboat this morning (Thursday 14 June) at 6.42am. The volunteer crew proceeded north to Rossigh where they found the stricken vessel close to the shoreline south of Rossigh. With increasing winds through the night the vessel had broken free from its mooring and some of the jetty was still secured to the boat.
The winds were starting to settle but they were estimated to be a force 6 or 7 when launching from the Lough Erne Yacht Club.
The lifeboat managed to refloat the vessel and brought it into safer water. The hire company took charge of the cruiser with the lifeboat accompanying them to a sheltered location.
After the rescue Gary Jones, Enniskillen RNLIs Lifeboat Operations Manager said ‘With challenging conditions this morning the crews training was exceptionally put into action and brought the two people and vessel to safety’.
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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.