RNLI assists 4 people on a cruiser aground

RNLI assists 4 people on a cruiser aground

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

The Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was launched earlier this evening to assist four people on a 36ft cruiser which was reported to have run aground on the south-eastern shore the lake.

It was the fourth time in less than a week that the Dromineer based volunteer crew responded to incidents on the lake.

At 5.08pm the lifeboat launched with helm Owen Cavanagh, Steve Smyth and Keith Brennan on board. Visibility was poor with frequent squally showers. Winds were southwesterly, Force 3/4.

The casualty vessel was located on the north-eastern shore of Youghal Bay, an area known to be particularly peppered with rocks and sudden shallows.

The RNLI lifeboat volunteers took soundings close to the location of the casualty vessel and carried out an anchoring and veering down manoeuvre to the cruiser. The lifeboat was alongside at 5.19pm. All four passengers were found to be safe and unharmed and wearing their lifejackets.

An RNLI crew member transferred to the casualty vessel, and once satisfied that the vessel was not holed set up for a tow. At 5.46pm the lifeboat had the casualty vessel off the rocks and out into safe water, where drives and rudder were found to be in good working order.

The lifeboat accompanied the cruiser with her passengers and an RNLI crew member on board to Dromineer Harbour where the vessel was safely tied alongside at 6.13pm. The lifeboat was back at station at 6.20pm

Peter Kennedy, Deputy Launching Authority at Lough Derg RNLI advises boat users to ‘enjoy Lough Derg, and remember, study your charts and stay on the navigations route’.

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

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