Lough Derg RNLI assists two people on a 25ft cruiser with engine failure
Lough Derg RNLI came to the assistance of two people last night after their 25ft cruiser got into difficulty.
The inshore lifeboat launched at 8.05pm yesterday evening (Sunday 22 September) at the request of the Irish Coast Guard to two people on a 25ft cruiser that had suffered engine failure and was adrift by the county Clare shore, south of Williamstown.
Volunteer lifeboat crew onboard were Helm Eleanor Hooker, Doireann Kennedy, Joe O’Donoghue and Ger Egan. Weather conditions were calm but visibility was poor with winds force 1-2.
The lifeboat located the vessel and firstly established that both people onboard were safe and well and were wearing their lifejackets. Volunteer crew then checked the vessel over for any damage before setting up an astern tow line. The lifeboat brought the cruiser to Dromaan Harbour where an alongside tow was used to safely bring the vessel into the harbour and it was tied alongside at 8.50pm.
The lifeboat returned to the station and was ready for service again at 9.45pm.
Speaking following the callout, Lough Derg RNLI Helm Eleanor Hooker said: ‘It is important to make sure someone ashore knows where you are going and who to call if you don’t return on time. Always have a means of calling and signalling for help with you onboard. If you do find yourself getting into difficulty on the lake call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard’.
RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Elizabeth Cavanagh, Lough Derg RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0879966855 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Nuala McAloon, Regional Media Officer on 0876483547 or Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson, Regional Media Manager on 0871254124 or Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk
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.