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.’