Carrybridge RNLI assist four people on two separate call outs

Lifeboats News Release

At 6.30pm on Saturday 29 May, Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards was launched to a vessel with two people on board, which had run aground approx. 1 mile North East of Tiraroe public jetty.

Carrybridge RNLI assist four people on two separate call outs

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Carrybridge RNLI assist four people on two separate call outs

Winds were North Westerly, Force 1. Visibility was excellent.

The lifeboat arrived with the casualty vessel which they found had run aground in shallow water. The volunteer crew checked the wellbeing of the people onboard the casualty vessel and the vessel itself and found all were safe and well. The boat was not taking on any water.

With the owner’s permission a towline was established with the casualty vessel and it was refloated and towed out to the main navigation channel.

After further maintenance checks were carried out, it was found that the casualty vessel was able to proceed on its onward journey.

When the volunteer crew were about to commence assisting the first casualty vessel, a second vessel also temporarily ran aground in the same vicinity of the shallows. It managed to refloat itself and the lifeboat crew signalled for it to come alongside so that they could check if it was ok.

The casualty vessel with two persons on board noted they had temporarily run aground, and when checked it was established that the crew onboard were safe and well and the vessel itself was undamaged. It proceeded on its onward journey.

Speaking following the call out, Stephen Scott, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Carrybridge RNLI advised all boat users: ‘‘Now in the summer months there will be more boat traffic on the Lough from kayaks, paddle boards and other smaller craft to larger cruisers. Whilst enjoying your time afloat always remember to plan your route and carry the relevant charts, and have a means of calling for assistance if you find yourself in trouble. 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.’’

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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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