Lough Derg RNLI assists two adults on 21ft yacht aground by Lushing Rocks

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Lough Derg RNLI assisted two people on a 21ft yacht aground by Lushing Rocks, west of the Scilly Islands on the Ogonoloe shore, County Clare.

Earlier this evening, (Sunday 19 July), Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI to go to the assistance of two people on a 21ft yacht that ran aground by by Lushing Rocks, west of the Scilly Islands on the Ogonoloe shore, County Clare.

At 7.50pm the RNLI lifeboat Jean Spier launched with helm Owen Cavanagh, and crew members Doireann Kennedy, Tom Hayes and Chris Parker on board. The wind was north-westerly, Force 2. Visibility was good.

The lifeboat arrived on scene at 8.02pm. A passing yacht that had remained on scene in safe water, provided the lifeboat crew with details of the yacht in difficulty. The lifeboat used its navigation charts and took depth soundings as it neared the cruiser, and was alongside at 8.10pm.

The lifeboat found both people to be safe and unharmed. An RNLI crew member was transferred to the casualty boat and once satisfied the boat was not holed, set up for a tow. At 8.18pm the lifeboat had the casualty vessel off the rocks and towed out into safe water.

The yacht’s on-board engine was not working and as the casualty vessel’s home harbour was in Killaloe, following discussion with Valentia Coast Guard, Lough Derg RNLI passed the tow to the Killaloe Coast Guard unit who had arrived on scene.

Owen Cavanagh, helm at Lough Derg RNLI advises boat users to ‘enjoy Lough Derg, plan your passage, study your charts and stay within the navigation channels’.

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· Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat station has been operating since 2004. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/lough-derg-lifeboat-station

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Lifeboat bow with casualty vessel visible in the distance

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Lough Derg RNLI assist 2 adults on a 21ft yacht aground by Lushing Rocks

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