Lough Derg RNLI launched to assist 2 people on a 36ft cruiser aground
Earlier this afternoon, Saturday 1 July, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI to launch following a report from a member of the public of a vessel aground close to Terryglass at the northern end of Lough Derg.
At 4.58pm Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat Jean Spier launched with helm Steve Smyth, Eleanor Hooker, Joe O’Donoghue and Oisín Higgins on board. Winds were north-westerly, F4/5. Visibility was good.
At 5.22pm the RNLI lifeboat crew could see the casualty vessel at the reported location close to Slevoir Bay near Terryglass Harbour. The cruiser company had a vessel on the water and had taken both passengers to safety in Terryglass. They told the lifeboat volunteers that they were going to take the vessel off the rocky shoal. The lifeboat informed Valentia Coast Guard, and of the helm's decision to standby to ensure the crew on the salvage vessel were safe.
At 5.33pm the lifeboat informed Valentia Coast Guard that both vessels were back in safe water. Valentia Coast Guard thanked the volunteers and stood down the lifeboat. The lifeboat departed the scene and was back at station at 5.56pm.
Christine O’Malley, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Lough Derg RNLI advises boat users to ‘check the weather and stay within the navigational channel. If in difficulty dial 999 or 112 and ask for marine rescue.’
Notes to editors
- Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat station has been operating since 2004. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/lough-derg-lifeboat-station
- A photo of Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat can be viewed at: https://www.facebook.com/RNLILoughDerg/
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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.
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