RNLI assist two people on yacht aground

RNLI assist two people on yacht aground


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

The Lough Derg RNLI was requested to go to the assistance of two people whose vessel had run aground near Pike Island, north of Kilgarvan Quay on the Tipperary shore yesterday.

The alarm was raised at around 3.30pm when the watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard’s marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry received a reported of a 30-yacht after running aground.

The Lough Derg RNLI inshore lifeboat launched in mild weather conditions with Force 3 winds.

Upon arriving on scene a crew member transferred to the casualty vessel and established that both people onboard were wearing their lifejackets and were in no immediate danger. However, the boat had suffered damage to the rudder and the steering was not working.

The volunteer lifeboat crew set up an astern tow and took the boat from the rocks and into safe waters. They then proceeded to Kilgarvan Quay where an alongside tow was used to safely bring the casualty vessel in to the harbour and it was tied alongside at 4.50pm.

Owen Cavanagh, volunteer helm at Lough Derg RNLI said: ‘Before heading out on the lake, we advise people to familiarise themselves with the correct charts and pay close attention to the markers. Ensure everyone onboard knows how to call for help. If you find yourself in trouble, call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.’

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.