The RNLI and Irish Coast Guard responded to two incidents on Lough Derg this evening, rescuing four people and a dog.
The first callout involved a cruiser, with three people and their family pet on board, which suffered engine failure close to the Clare shore at around 3.30pm.
The Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard was tasked to assist the occupants of the 27-foot cruiser which got into difficulty about two miles north of Killaloe.
Without power, the vessel was blown onto the Clare shore however those on board managed to drop their anchor.
Killaloe Coast Guard dispatched a boat crew and a shore team who travelled to the scene by road. A crew member was transferred to the casualty vessel and set up a tow line. The cruiser was then taken on tow back to Killaloe where it was safely tied up.
In the second incident, shortly afterwards, the Dromineer-based Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was alerted and launched by 4.14pm.
A man on board a cruiser reported having run aground North of the mouth of the Scarriff River.
The volunteer crew crossed the lake to the scene, approached the casualty vessel carefully, using navigational equipment on board and taking soundings to check depths. They set up a tow and brought the vessel into safe water.
After a thorough check of the vessel and confirming there was no damage, the lifeboat accompanied the casualty vessel up the Scarriff river with a crew member on board. Once the cruiser was safely tied up, the crew member transferred back to the lifeboat and the team was stood down.
No one was injured in either incident.
Both incidents were coordinated by watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard’s marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry.
Last Thursday, the Lough Derg lifeboat assisted four adults and three children after their 60-foot cruiser lost steering and ran aground.
During the first week of April, a total of 20 people were assisted or rescued by search and rescue services on Lough Derg. In one incident, six men had to be rescued by Killaloe Coast Guard after their cruise boat collided with a bridge.