Lough Derg RNLI assists two people on a 12ft fishing boat with engine failure.

Lifeboats News Release

At 9.30pm on Thursday evening, 26 August, and whilst afloat on exercise, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat Jean Spier to assist two people on a 12ft fishing boat with engine failure just off the Goat Road, on the eastern shore of Lough Derg.

The stern of the lifeboat as she launches

RNLI/Eleanor Hooker

Lough Derg Lifeboat 'Jean Spier'

The lifeboat with helm Eleanor Hooker, crew Doireann Kennedy, Tom Hayes and Ciara Lynch on board, immediately diverted from their exercise in Dromineer Bay to assist. It was now nightfall, and with a clear sky and no wind the lake was calm. The RNLI crew plotted a course to the Goat Road and monitored the fast moving vessels operating in the area, on RADAR. Valentia Coast Guard informed the lifeboat that they had requested the casualties to uses lights to signal their location as the lifeboat approached.

At 9.49pm as the lifeboat approached the Goat Road, the people on the casualty vessel indicated their position using torches. The casualty vessel was floating close to a rocky shore south of the Goat Road. With a RNLI volunteer crew taking soundings off the bow and another monitoring the electronic charts, the lifeboat made a cautious approach to the vessel. Once alongside the lifeboat found both people on board safe and unharmed and wearing their lifejackets. They reported that their boat had glanced off a rock and suffered engine failure.

Given the hour and the drop in temperature, the helm decided that the safest option was to set up an alongside tow and take the vessel with her passengers to Dromineer, the safest close harbour. Without sufficient warm clothing, the two people took shelter in the forward cabin of their boat. At 11.18pm the vessel was safely tied alongside in Dromineer.

At 11.27pm lifeboat departed the scene and was back at Station at 11.30pm.

Peter Kennedy, Deputy Launching Authority at Lough Derg RNLI, advises water users to ‘study your charts and be prepared; anticipate a drop in temperature with nightfall’.

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