Lough Ree RNLI brings drifting cruiser to safety at Portrunny Harbour
Lough Ree RNLI brought a drifting motor cruiser to safety on Saturday night.
At 9.35pm on Saturday, (4 July) Lough Ree RNLI volunteers were requested by Malin Head Coast Guard to reports of a motor cruiser adrift near Portrunny Harbour on the north west shore of Lough Ree.
The casualty vessel had broken its moorings and drifted out of the harbour with no one on board.
The inshore lifeboat Tara Scougall and her crew quickly found the casualty vessel and brought the boat safely back to the harbour and tied her up before making their return to the lifeboat station at Coosan Point.
Speaking after the call out, Lough Ree RNLI Helm Kieran Sloyan said: ‘Conditions on the lake were very rough with a strong westerly wind. We would like to remind all boat owners to regularly check their mooring lines to ensure their boat is suitably secured. If you do see a boat adrift, please call 999/112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’
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