Carrybridge RNLI assist two people on a broken down sports cruiser
At 10.13pm on Monday 26 August, Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards and Rescue Water Craft (RWC) were launched to a vessel with two people on board which had encountered engine difficulties approx. 2 mile downstream from Carrybridge.
Winds were South Westerly, Force 1. Visibility was good with a clear sky.
The lifeboat and RWC arrived with the casualty vessel which was floating close to the shoreline. The volunteer crew of the RWC checked the passengers on board and found they were all ok. One crewmember from the RWC boarded the casualty vessel.
With the owner’s permission the volunteer crew of the lifeboat set up a tow line to the casualty vessel, and it was towed back to its private berth at Carrybridge.
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 out regular checks of their vessels. Also 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
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