Carrybridge RNLI assist two people on broken down fishing boat
At 5.34pm on Sunday 7 March, Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards and Rescue Water Craft (RWC) was launched to a vessel with two people on board which had developed engine difficulties approx. 1 mile South of Share Discovery Village.
Winds were South Westerly, Force 2. Visibility was good with overcast conditions.
The lifeboat arrived with the casualty vessel which had secured to a navigation marker. The volunteer crew checked the wellbeing of the people on the casualty boat and found they were ok.
With the owner’s permission a tow was established with the casualty vessel and the boat was then towed back to Corradillar.
Whilst the lifeboat was returning to station the crew came across a 12ft section of a tree floating in the main navigation channel which was posing a significant risk to other water users. The crew were able to remove this object from the water to allow for safe navigation.
Speaking following the call out, Stephen Scott, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Carrybridge RNLI advised all boat users: ‘‘At this time of year when there isn’t much boat movement on the water it is especially important before setting out to plan your journey, have the relevant charts required, lifejackets for all on board and 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.’’
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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