Lough Derg RNLI assist two people on a 25ft yacht aground at Ryan's Point

Lifeboats News Release

At 4.47pm, Sunday May 01, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to launch to assist two people on a 25ft yacht aground at Ryan’s Point on the eastern shore of Lough Derg. The wind was westerly, Force 2/3. Visibility was good.

Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat Jean Spier launching on a Shout

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Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat Jean Spier

At 5.06pm Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat Jean Spier launched with helm Keith Brennan, Steve Smyth, Joe O’Donoghue and Richard Nolan on board. At 5.14pm the lifeboat had the casualty vessel in sight; it was located at Ryan’s Point, broadside to weather.


Taking a tow line with him, an RNLI volunteer swam back to the casualty vessel whilst the lifeboat stood by in safe water. The people on board were found to be safe and unharmed and wearing their lifejackets. They had been motoring-sailing when their engine failed. The skipper had dropped anchor, but it dragged, and his yacht had drifted into the rocky shore. As the yacht was not hard aground, an RNLI volunteer was able to ease the vessel into safe water and to then receive a tow line from the lifeboat.

At 5.40pm the lifeboat took the casualty under tow and at 6.59pm, as the lifeboat approached Dromineer Harbour, the lifeboat changed to an alongside tow. At 7.12pm the casualty vessel was safely tied alongside in Dromineer Harbour.

The lifeboat departed the scene and was back at Station at 7.20pm and at 7.40pm the lifeboat was washed down and refuelled.

Christine O’Malley, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Lough Derg RNLI, advises boat users ‘as the boating season starts in earnest, remember to have your engine serviced and if you are alone on the water, tell someone your plans and what time you expect to arrive at your destination’.

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