Carrybridge RNLI assist five people on two separate call outs
At 11.33am on Sunday 04 August, Carrybridge RNLI’s relief inshore lifeboat, Martin Harvey and Rescue Water Craft (RWC) was launched to two Personal Water Craft (PWC) with one person on each craft which had developed engine issues close to Naan Island.
Winds were South Easterly, Force 3. Visibility was excellent.
The lifeboat and RWC arrived with the casualty vessels which were floating close to the shoreline of Naan Island. The volunteer crew checked the passengers on the PWC’s and found they were all ok. One crewmember from the lifeboat cleared the obstructions on both PWC’s, and once tested that they were operating ok, they proceeded on their onward journey.
Just as the volunteer crew of the lifeboat and RWC were leaving the casualty vessels, they observed another PWC with three persons on board, entering shallow water and at risk of grounding. The lifeboat and RWC diverted to this craft, and it was escorted by the RWC into deeper and safer water before proceeding also in its onward journey.
Speaking following the call out, Chris Cathcart, Helm at Carrybridge RNLI advised all boat users: ‘‘Before setting out on your journey please plan your route and carry the relevant charts and have a means of calling for assistance if you find yourself in trouble. If you see someone in trouble on the water or are in difficulties yourself the number to dial is: 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.’’
Notes to editors
· Carrybridge Lifeboat Station was started in 2002 on Upper Lough Erne. It currently operates an Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat and a Rescue Water Craft
RNLI media contactsFor more information please telephone Chris Cathcart, Carrybridge RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07595895908, email Chris_Cathcart@rnli.org.uk or Stephen Scott, Carrybridge RNLI Volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07786228968, email Stephen_Scott@rnli.org.uk or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Regional Media Officer Ireland on 00353876483547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Regional Media Manager Ireland on 00353871254124 or Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk
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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.