Lough Derg RNLI assist 4 people on a 36ft cruiser aground on Lough Derg
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
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’.
Notes to editors
- 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
- A photo of Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat can be viewed at: https://www.facebook.com/RNLILoughDerg/
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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.