Lough Derg RNLI assist 4 people on a 36ft cruiser aground on Lough Derg

Lifeboats News Release

Earlier this evening, Wednesday September 10, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat Jean Spier to assist 4 people on a 36ft cruiser aground in Youghal Bay on the south-eastern shore of Lough Derg

Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat veering back to casualty vessel

RNLI/Eleanor Hooker

Lough Derg RNLI Rescue September 10 2020

At 5.08pm the lifeboat launched with helm Owen Cavanagh, Steve Smyth and Keith Brennan on board. Visibility was poor with frequent squally showers. Winds were southwesterly, Force 3/4.

The casualty vessel was located on the north-eastern shore of Youghal Bay, an area known to be particularly peppered with rocks and sudden shallows.


The RNLI lifeboat volunteers took soundings close to the location of the casualty vessel and carried out an anchoring and veering down manoeuvre to the cruiser. The lifeboat was alongside at 5.19pm. All four passengers were found to be safe and unharmed and wearing their lifejackets.

An RNLI crew member transferred to the casualty vessel, and once satisfied that the vessel was not holed set up for a tow. At 5.46pm the lifeboat had the casualty vessel off the rocks and out into safe water, where drives and rudder were found to be in good working order.

The lifeboat accompanied the cruiser with her passengers and an RNLI crew member on board to Dromineer Harbour where the vessel was safely tied alongside at 6.13pm.

The lifeboat was back at station at 6.20pm

Peter Kennedy, Deputy Launching Authority at Lough Derg RNLI advises boat users to ‘enjoy Lough Derg, and remember, study your charts and stay on the navigations route’.

End

Notes to editors

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Eleanor Hooker, Lough Derg RNLI volunteer helm and Lifeboat Press Officer on 0877535207 or Eleanor_Hooker@RNLI.org.uk or Nuala McAloon, Regional Media Officer on 0876483547 Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson, Regional Media Manager on 0871254124 or Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

RNLI online
For more information on the RNLI please visit
rnli.org. News releases and other media
resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the
RNLI News Centre
rnli.org/news-and-media.

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around Ireland and the UK. The RNLI operates 46 lifeboat stations in Ireland. The RNLI is independent of government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, the charity has saved over 142,700 lives.

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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.

Categories