Enniskillen RNLI comes to the aid of two people during a busy weekend
Enniskillen RNLI came to the aid of two people during a busy weekend with two launches. Enniskillen RNLI was requested to launch twice yesterday (Sunday 30 June) by Belfast Coastguard during a busy weekend where the good weather brought many out to enjoy the lakes.
At 4.36pm the Charity’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat John and Jean Lewis were requested to launch to reports of a drifting cruiser in the area of Castle Archdale. Weather at the time was overcast with light showers with a westerly wind. The volunteer crew did an extensive search of the area, spoke with boat users and companies in the area but nothing untoward was found. The crew were stood down after an hour and instructed they could return to station.
Later last night Belfast Coastguard requested the lifeboat to launch at 10.04pm again to the Castle Archdale area. The inshore lifeboat and Rescue Watercraft travelled five miles north to the area. The 15ft speedboat developed fuel issues and with the reasonable swell and weather conditions it washed up on the shore. The two passengers managed to get safely to shore. The volunteer crew got the boat refloated and brought it to safety in Castle Archdale Marina.
Speaking following the call outs, Enniskillen RNLI Helm Rory Hoy said: ‘We would like to commend the person who raised the alarm in the first call out, although nothing was found, we would always much rather launch and find that all is well than not launch at all. If you think you see someone in difficulty, call 999 and ask for Coastguard. With challenging conditions later last night, the gentleman remained calm with his son and called for help when they got into difficulty before being able to make their way to the marina.
‘As we enter the summer months, we would remind all users of Lough Erne to enjoy themselves but also to respect the water. Always wear a lifejacket, always carry a means of communication and always let someone ashore know where you are going and when you are due back.’
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.