RNLI launched to aid cruiser in difficulty 

RNLI launched to aid cruiser in difficulty 


Conditions on the lake were poor at the time – Photo: Lough Derg RNLI

The Irish Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to launch to assist 2 people on a 27ft cruiser suffering engine trouble in the rough weather conditions. The cruiser was reported to be one nautical mile north of Illaunmor. 

At 2.18pm Coast Guard watch officers at the marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island requested the the lifeboat to respond to a call for assistance.

The lifeboat launched soon afterwards with helm Eleanor Hooker, crew Keith Brennan, Steve Smyth and Doireann Kennedy on board. The winds were northerly, Force 5, gusting Force 6. Visibility was good.

When the lifeboat arrived on scene, Valentia Coast Guard informed the lifeboat volunteers, that the cruiser had made its way to the nearest safest harbour at Rossmore Quay, and that the lifeboat could stand down.

The lifeboat informed Valentia Coast Guard that, before returning to Station, they were going to check on a vessel making its way slowly up the lake. When the skipper of the cruiser gave a thumbs up, the lifeboat returned to station and was alongside at their dock at 2.56pm.

Brendan O’Brien, Deputy Launching Authority at Lough Derg RNLI advises boat users to ‘ensure your boat engine is serviced, and check weather reports for the inland lakes when passage planning’.