Carrybridge RNLI assist five people on a grounded sports cruiser
At 4.43pm on Saturday 28 August, Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards and Rescue Water Craft (RWC) was launched to assess a vessel with five people on board, which had run aground approx. 2 miles upstream from Bellanaleck in the vicinity of Tamlaght Bay.
Winds were Northerly, Force 1. Visibility was good with clear sunny skies.
The lifeboat and RWC arrived with the casualty vessel and the volunteer Helm and crew assessed the vessel and the wellbeing of the persons on board and found they were all ok. There was no water ingress found. It was established that the casualty vessel was slightly aground in its current location.
The Helm deemed the safest option was to refloat the casualty vessel and to tow it into deeper water. With the owner’s permission the vessel was refloated and an alongside tow was established and it was brought into deeper water. Further checks were carried out and the vessel was found to be in perfect working order, and it was then able to continue it’s journey.
Speaking following the call out, Chris Cathcart, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Carrybridge RNLI advised all boat users: ‘‘As we enter the bank holiday weekend we would ask that everyone have a means of calling for assistance if you find yourself in trouble, have lifejackets for all on board and plan their journey using the relevant charts. If you see someone in trouble on the water or are in difficulties yourself the number to dial is: 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.’’
Notes to editors
· Carrybridge Lifeboat Station was started in 2002 on Upper Lough Erne. It currently operates an Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat and a Rescue Water Craft
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