Lough Derg RNLI launched to assist 3 people on a 15ft RIB reported in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Lough Derg RNLI launched after a member of the public reported to Valentia Coast Guard that 3 people, an adult and two children, were in difficulty on a 15ft RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) close to Garrykennedy Harbour.

Lifeboat leaving Station to attend to a Shout

RNLI/Eleanor Hooker

Lough Derg RNLI launched to assist 3 people on a 15ft RIB, reported by a member

At 5.34pm today, Sunday August 9, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI to go to the assistance of 3 people, an adult and two children on a 15ft RIB reported by a member of the public to be in difficulty close to Garrykennedy Harbour.

At 5.54pm the RNLI lifeboat Jean Spier launched with helm Ger Egan, and crew members Keith Brennan, Steve Smyth and Doireann Kennedy on board. The wind was southerly, Force 1/2. Visibility was very good.

At 6.13pm, following a thorough search of the area, a member of the public informed the volunteer crew that the reported vessel and its passengers were all safe and the RIB back in its boathouse. When the RNLI lifeboat reported it’s findings, Valentia Coast Guard stood down the lifeboat.

The lifeboat departed the scene and was back at Station at 6.21pm

Christine O’Malley, Deputy Launching Authority at Lough Derg RNLI said ‘though this callout, made in good faith, was a false alarm, we ask that if you are in difficulty or suspect someone else to be in difficulty, please call 999 or 112 and ask for marine rescue’.


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