RNLI lifeboat assists 7 on grounded cruiser

RNLI lifeboat assists 7 on grounded cruiser

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The Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

The Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat assisted four adults and three children after their boat lost steering and ran aground this afternoon.

The alarm was raised at around 3.30pm when the Irish Coast Guard received a report of a 60-foot cruiser having drifted onto rocks after suffering a steering failure.

The volunteer lifeboat crew, based at Dromineer Co Tipperary, raced to the scene in Coose Bay, between Split Rock and the Hagen Rock on the Galway side of the lake.

After reaching the scene, the RNLI crew assessed the situation and found that two marine engineers from the cruise company had also travelled to assist.

The vessel was found to be aground on an extremely hazardous shoal however, all those on board were wearing their lifejackets and were unharmed.

During an inspection of the vessel it was established that there was significant damage caused to the rudder.

The lifeboat crew set up for a tow and eased the cruiser off the rocks and out into safe water. The tow was then passed to the cruiser company’s rescue vessel. Once the RNLI volunteers were satisfied that all was good with the tow handover, the lifeboat was stood down and the casualty vessel and its occupants were left in the care of the cruise company.

The recovery operation was coordinated by watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard’s marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry.

 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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