Lough Derg RNLI launched to assist 4 people on a 35ft cruiser with fuel problems

Lifeboats News Release

Earlier this evening, Friday June 11, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to launch to assist four people on a 35ft cruiser with fuel problems. The vessel was reported to be near Navigation Mark F, north of the Goat Road on the Tipperary shore.

Bow of lifeboat and bow of casualty vessel in an alongside tow

RNLI/Eleanor Hooker

Lough Derg RNLI - Rescue June 11

At 5.05pm the lifeboat Jean Spier launched with helm Owen Cavanagh, Eleanor Hooker, Joe O’Donoghue and Chris Parker on board. The winds were westerly, Force 3/4. Visibility was good.

At 5.20pm, the lifeboat located the vessel just off the navigation channel above the Goat Road. All passengers on board were safe and unharmed and wearing their lifejackets. They had dropped anchor to prevent drifting into the shallows and onto rocks.

An RNLI volunteer transferred across the casualty vessel and once it was established that there was no damage to the vessel, but that it would require a tow to safe harbour, the lifeboat volunteers set up an alongside tow and weighed anchor. The nearest safe harbour was the public harbour at Kilgarvan Quay, and the lifeboat helm informed those on the casualty vessel of the plan.

At 5.50pm the casualty vessel was safely tied alongside at Kilgarvan Quay. The lifeboat departed the scene was back at the Lifeboat Station at 6.20pm.

Jeremy Freeman, Deputy Launching Authority at Lough Derg RNLI advises boat users to ‘ensure you have sufficient, fresh fuel for your journey and a means of communication’.



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