Lough Derg RNLI launched to assist 2 people on a 27ft cruiser in difficulty

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Lough Derg RNLI launched to assist 2 people on a 27ft cruiser reported to be in difficulty due to the rough weather conditions.

Over the left shoulder of the helm, the lake, dark with waves heaping up

RNLI/Eleanor Hooker

Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat launched to assist 2 people on a 27ft cruiser in difficulty

At 2.18pm this afternoon, Thursday September 24, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to launch to assist 2 people on a 27ft cruiser suffering engine troubles in the rough weather conditions. The cruiser was reported to be one nautical mile north of Illaunmor.


At 2.35pm the lifeboat Jean Spier launched with helm Eleanor Hooker, crew Keith Brennan, Steve Smyth and Doireann Kennedy on board. The winds were northerly, Force 5, gusting Force 6. Visibility was good.

When the lifeboat arrived on scene, Valentia Coast Guard informed the lifeboat volunteers that the cruiser had made its way to the nearest safest harbour at Rossmore Quay, and that the lifeboat could stand down.

The lifeboat informed Valentia Coast Guard that, before returning to Station, they were going to check on a vessel making its way slowly up the lake. When the skipper of the cruiser gave a thumbs up, the lifeboat returned to station and was alongside at their dock at 2.56pm.

Brendan O’Brien, Deputy Launching Authority at Lough Derg RNLI advises boat users to ‘ensure your boat engine is serviced, and check weather reports for the inland lakes when passage planning’.


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Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat launched to assist 2 people on a 27ft cruiser in difficulty

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