Lough Derg RNLI launched to assist 12 people on a 52ft cruiser aground

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Lough Derg RNLI launched to assist 12 people on a 52ft cruiser aground inside the Goat Road at navigation mark E on the eastern shore of Lough Derg.

Over the bow of the lifeboat can be seen the casualty vessel aground close to shore

RNLI/Eleanor Hooker

Lough Derg RNLI Launch 22 June 2021

At 6.15pm, Tuesday evening, 22 June, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to launch to assist twelve people on a 52ft cruiser aground inside the Goat Road (a raised shoal for migrating birds) at navigation mark E on the eastern shore of Lough Derg.

At 6.30pm the RNLI lifeboat Jean Spier launched with helm Keith Brennan, Eleanor Hooker, Dom Sharkey and Owen Cavanagh on board. The wind was a north-westerly, Force 2. Visibility was good.

At 6.47pm the lifeboat arrived on scene and could see that the cruise hire company were also on scene and setting up to re-float the cruiser. The lifeboat informed Valentia Coast Guard of the situation and the decision to standby.

When the tug had the cruiser off the shoal and in safe water, making way and under way, the lifeboat volunteers informed Valentia Coast Guard, and were stood down.

The lifeboat departed the scene and back at Station at 7.04pm

Christine O’Malley, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Lough Derg RNLI advises boat users to ‘plan your passage, study your charts and don’t stray off the charted navigation routes’.

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