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Lough Derg RNLI launched to assist 2 people on a 36ft cruiser aground

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday afternoon June 4, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to launch to assist two people on a 36ft cruiser aground outside the Garrykennedy old harbour wall. The wind was easterly Force 4. Visibility was good.

Crew in seat 3 pointing at casualty vessel moored at Garrykennedy Harbour

RNLI/Eleanor Hooker

Lough Derg RNLI June 4 2022

At 7.15pm Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat Jean Spier launched with helm Eleanor Hooker, Doireann Kennedy, Joe O’Donoghue and Ciara Lynch on board. As the lifeboat was launching, Valentia Coast Guard informed the volunteers that a person on shore had reported that local boats had taken the cruiser off the rocks, but requested the lifeboat proceed as they were not given an update on the two people on board or the current whereabouts of the cruiser.

The lifeboat arrived at Garrykennedy within 7 minutes and RNLI crew identified the casualty vessel tied alongside an outside jetty in the new Garrykennedy Harbour. After RNLI volunteers established that both people were safe, a crew member went aboard the casualty vessel to check under the floorboards for any evidence of water ingress. There was none. The lifeboat reported their findings to Valentia Coast Guard before leaving Garrykennedy to return to Station.

The lifeboat departed the scene at 7.35pm and was back at Station at 7.42pm.

Jeremy Freeman, Deputy Launching Authority at Lough Derg RNLI, advises boat users ‘if you find yourself in difficulty on the lake dial 999 or 112 and ask for marine rescue’.

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