Lough Derg RNLI assist two people on 30ft yacht aground near Pike Island
At 3.40pm, Tuesday 5 November, Lough Derg RNLI was requested by Valentia Coast Guard to go to the assistance of two people whose vessel had run aground near Pike Island, north of Kilgarvan Quay on the Tipperary shore.
Volunteer crew with helm, Owen Cavanagh, Eleanor Hooker and Keith Brennan launched the inshore lifeboat Jean Spier in mild weather conditions with Force 3 winds.
Upon arriving on scene a crew member transferred to the casualty vessel and established that both people onboard were wearing their lifejackets and were in no immediate danger. However, the boat had suffered damage to the rudder and the steering was not working.
The lifeboat crew set up an astern tow and took the boat from the rocks and into safe waters. They then proceeded to Kilgarvan Quay where an alongside tow was used to safely bring the casualty vessel in to the harbour and it was tied alongside at 4.50pm.
Owen Cavanagh, volunteer helm at Lough Derg RNLI said: ‘Before heading out on the lake, we advise people to familiarize themselves with the correct charts and pay close attention to the markers. Ensure everyone onboard knows how to call for help. If you find yourself in trouble, call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.’
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.