Carrybridge RNLI assist five people on grounded vessel close to the Share Centre
At 3.29pm on Thursday 27 June, Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards was launched to a vessel with five people which had run aground approx. 1 mile North West of the Share Centre.
Winds were Easterly, Force 3. Visibility was good with a clear sky.
The lifeboat arrived with the casualty vessel which had five people onboard, all of whom were found safe and well, and wearing lifejackets.
The volunteer crew assessed the vessel and its passengers and found that they were ok and the vessel was not taking on water. The lifeboat crew then set up a tow line and placed one lifeboat crew member onboard the casualty vessel. It was refloated and towed into deeper water. The craft was checked for damage and all was found to be in order. The vessel with its five persons onboard was able to continue on its onward journey.
Speaking following the call out, Stephen Scott, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Carrybridge RNLI advised all boat users: ‘‘Now that summer holidays are here we would ask all users to enjoy the fantastic waterway we have but also to respect the water. We would remind all users that before going afloat they should always carry a means of communication and to plan their voyage using relevant charts. 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 contacts
For 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.