Eight rescue on Lough Derg in three weeks

Eight rescue on Lough Derg in three weeks


Lough Derg RNLI launching to a previous incident

Five people including a child had to be rescued on Lough Derg on Saturday night in what was the eight incident on the lake in less than three weeks.

The Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat was alerted at around 7.25pm and requested to launch and investigate a report of a 24ft boat broken down and drifting in Force 6 winds..

The boat had only just left Garrykennedy on the Tipperary side of the lake and was destined for Mountshannon, Co Clare on the western shore.

The lifeboat launched at 7.35pm and raced to the scene while staff at the Irish Coast Guard marine rescue sub station on Valentia Island maintained radio contact with the crew of the casualty vessel.

The rescue crew located the casualty vessel 15 minutes later between Parkers Point and Garrykennedy.

An RNLI crewmember transferred across to the casualty boat and found that all on board were safe and wearing their lifejackets. He reassured the passengers before setting up a tow line.

The lifeboat towed the boat back to Garrykennedy, where it was safely tied up alongside.

The skipper of the cruiser thanked the RNLI crew for their speedy assistance and confirmed that he raised the alarm himself.

He told rescuers: “The weather was worsening and there were no boats visible to offer us assistance, I was getting very concerned’.

Saturday nights incident was the eight on Lough Derg in less that three weeks where search and rescue operations were launched for boat users who were in difficulty or reported overdue.

On Wednesday night, five people were rescued after they got into difficulty off Ryan’s Point a short distance from Dromineer and the nearby RNLI station.

Last Monday night, eight people including five children had to be rescued after their cruise boat suffered engine failure and was left drifting in fading light. The Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard responded to that call.

Just days earlier, a family of five was rescued after their boat rang onto rocks Ryan’s Point. The Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat towed the boat to Garrykennedy Harbour.

A week earlier, in the space of just 6 days, the Lough Derg lifeboat crew rescued 9 people and a dog in four separate incidents at the northern end of the lake.

Three of the emergencies involved cruise boats that had run aground because of poor navigation, technical issues or lack of preparedness.

In another incident, a man and two teenagers in a kayak and canoe were found after they were reported overdue near Scarriff Co Clare.

All the operations were coordinated by staff at the Irish Coast Guard sub station on Valentia Island in Co Kerry.