Five rescued from drifting boat

Five rescued from drifting boat


Lough Derg RNLI responding to a call – File image

Five people were rescued last night after they got into difficulty while boating on Lough Derg.

The group had been on a 28ft cruise boat that found itself in trouble off Ryan’s Point on the Tipperary shore a short distance from Dromineer.

There were four adults and a young child on board and they was raised the alarm at around 7.15pm using their VHF radio.

Their boat had lost power on the western side of the lake and was pushed by the strong winds some distance across towards the Tipperary shore.

The Irish Coast Guard marine rescue sub station at Valentia in Kerry picked up the call and alerted the Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat.

In the meantime, staff at Valentia maintained radio contact with the crew of the casualty vessel checking that all on board were safe and wearing their lifejackets. They also advised them to drop their anchor to prevent the cruiser getting into any further difficulty.

The lifeboat launched within minutes and only had to travel a short distance from it’s Dromineer base to reach the scene.

One it was established that all on board were safe and well and that the vessel had not been holed, it was towed into the safety of Dromineer harbour.

This latest incident was the seventh on Lough Derg in a fortnight where search and rescue operations were launched for boat users who were in difficulty or reported overdue.

On 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 on Lough Derg.

The Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard responded to that call and took the powerless vessel on tow to the safety at Annacarriga near Twomilegate.

Just last Friday, a family of five was rescued after their boat rang onto rocks Ryan’s Point also on Lough Derg. The Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat removed the boat from the rocks took it under tow 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.

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