RNLI assists cruiser with engine failure on Lough Derg

RNLI assists cruiser with engine failure on Lough Derg

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

Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was requested to assist a family of three, two adults and a child, on a 21ft cruiser that suffered engine failure on the lake this afternoon.

Whilst out on exercise, the Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was alerted and tasked to go to the assistance of a family of three on a 21ft cruiser that had suffered engine failure by Church Bay, on the County Clare shore.

Watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard’s marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry mounted the operation after receiving a call at around midday.

The lifeboat was launched from Dromineer and reached the casualty vessel at 12.10pm.

The skipper of the vessel had dropped anchor to prevent his boat drifting onto the rocky shore. Once the RNLI volunteers established that the people on board were safe and well, and that the vessel had not suffered damage, they set up for a tow and took in the anchor.

At 12.30pm the lifeboat had the cruiser, with her passengers and an RNLI crew member on board, under tow to Mountshannon Harbour.

After tying the cruiser safely alongside at Mountshannon Harbour, the lifeboat returned to Station and was ready for service again at 2.30pm.

Lough Derg RNLI volunteer helm Dom Sharkey said: “We advise people to ensure that their vessels are regularly serviced, and, in the event of difficulties, to always carry a means of communication.”

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