Carrybridge RNLI assist two people on a broken down cabin cruiser
At 3.33pm on Friday 10 September, Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards was launched on the request of Belfast Coastguard, to assess a vessel with two people on board, which had broken down approx. 2 miles south east of Knockninny.
Winds were North West, Force 2. Visibility was good with overcast skies.
The lifeboat located the casualty vessel and the volunteer Helm and crew assessed the vessel and the wellbeing of the persons on board and found they were all ok. It was established that the casualty vessel had suffered fuel issues and drifted into reeds in a small bay.
After a full review of the situation, the Helm deemed the safest option was to carefully tow the vessel into deeper water, and then to proceed to tow it back to the nearest safe marina which was Knockninny public jetty. With the owner’s permission a stern tow was established from the lifeboat to the casualty vessel, and it was taken back to the public jetty at Knockninny, and safely secured.
Speaking following the call out, Chris Cathcart, Volunteer Helm at Carrybridge RNLI advised all boat users: ‘‘Before setting out on your journey please plan your route and carry out regular checks of their vessels prior to going afloat and also throughout your journey. Have a means of calling for assistance if you find yourself in trouble, have lifejackets for all on board and plan their journey using the relevant charts. 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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