Carrybridge RNLI assists two people onboard grounded vessel on Upper Lough Erne

Lifeboats News Release

At 4.20pm on Friday 25 May, Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards, and the station’s Rescue Water Craft (RWC) launched following a request by Belfast Coastguard to assist a 30ft cruiser which had run aground approximately half a mile west of Naan Island.

Winds were northerly, Force 3. Visibility was good with clear skies.

The lifeboat and rescue water craft, arrived at the casualty vessel which had two people onboard, all of whom were found safe and well.

The volunteer crew assessed the vessel and its crew and found that they were ok and the vessel was not taking on water. The lifeboat crew then set up a tow line and refloated the vessel towing it into deeper water. The vessel was checked for damage and found that it had no means of propulsion. The volunteer crew set up an alongside tow to the lifeboat, and the vessel was towed to Knockninny Public Jetty. The lifeboat and rescue water craft departed the scene at 5.46pm.

Speaking following the call out, Chris Cathcart, Helm at Carrybridge RNLI said: ‘As we continue to enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend, we would remind all boat users to respect the water, plan your passage before setting out, and take particular care while navigating.’

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