Lough Derg RNLI assist 5 people on a 40ft vessel in difficulty in severe weather

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday night, 26 October, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to launch to assist 5 people on a 4oft cruiser at anchor just off red marker 1168 which identifies the Benjamin Rocks, on the County Clare shore.

At 11.10pm the lifeboat Jean Spier launched with helm Ger Egan, crew Steve Smyth, Joe O’Donoghue and Doireann Kennedy on board. The lake was very rough with southwesterly winds Force 6 with severe gusts. As it was night, visibility was aided by searchlights, RADAR and other lifeboat electronic aids.

At 11.24pm the lifeboat had the casualty vessel in sight; it was at anchor inside the Benjamins on the Clare shore. The lifeboat found all five people to be safe and unharmed and wearing their lifejackets. The skipper told the RNLI volunteers that the strong winds kept them from making headway, and so at 5.30pm with strengthening winds and failing light, they felt they wouldn’t make harbour and decided to drop anchor and wait out the storm. However, the cruiser’s location was subjected to the full force of the wind which caused the anchor to drag, taking the vessel close to the rocky shoal.

The lifeboat transferred an RNLI volunteer onto the casualty vessel. Given the worsening conditions, the lifeboat helm instructed the RNLI volunteer on board the casualty vessel to cut the anchor line, but as the anchor warp was all chain and shackled to the cruiser, the RNLI volunteer was unable to do so. With effort the RNLI volunteer weighed anchor and the lifeboat guided the casualty vessel to the shelter and calm of the public harbour at Dromineer. At 12:54am the cruiser was safely secured alongside at Dromineer Harbour.

At 01:00am the lifeboat departed the scene and by 01.24am the lifeboat was washed down and refuelled.

Liam Maloney, Deputy Launching Authority at Lough Derg RNLI, advises water users unfamiliar with Lough Derg to ‘check the weather for the lakes and plan your course to arrive at safe harbour before nightfall.’

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Night time view over the right shoulder of the helm to the casualty vessel in the distance.

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Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.

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