Carrybridge RNLI involved in three call outs over busy June weekend
At 7.39pm on the Friday 14 June Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards and Rescue Water Craft (RWC) were launched to a vessel with two people which had run aground approx. 1 mile North of Knockninny.
Winds were Northerly, Force 0. Visibility was good with a cloudy sky.
The lifeboat and RWC arrived with the casualty vessel and after checking the people on the boat were ok the volunteer crew checked the boat for water ingress and found none. The vessel had refloated itself and a crew member was put on board to test the boats propulsion and steerage and all was found to be ok. The vessel was then able to continue on its planned journey.
At 8.59pm the following Sunday, 16 June, both vessels launched again to a vessel adrift with the people on board waving for assistance in the area of Tamlaght bay. When the volunteer crew arrived on scene the vessel had managed to restart its engine and was proceeding back to Carrybridge. The craft was escorted back to the public slipway.
Shortly after arriving back at Carrybridge the crew then assisted a person who had previously fallen into the water earlier in the evening. Two crew members carried out a casualty care assessment and found the individual to be in good condition. The casuality's vessel was escorted to its private marina with two crew members on board and safely secured to its mooring.
Speaking following the call out, Chris Cathcart, Helm at Carrybridge RNLI said: ‘we would remind all boat users to respect the water, plan your passage before setting out, and take particular care whilst navigating. 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.’’
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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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