Lough Derg RNLI was involved in two incidents on the lake last Sunday, coming to the rescue of boats in Terryglass and Garrykennedy.
At 10.45am on Sunday, the lifeboat, Toshiba Wave Warrior, went to the assistance of four people on board a 40ft cruiser that was flying its distress flag after it had run aground close to the mouth of the river in Terryglass Bay.
The crew of the lifeboat, helm Peter Clarke; Dom Sharkey and Ben Ronayne came across the vessel while out on exercise. They alerted Valentia Coast Guard that they were going to assist. Winds were westerly force thre and visibility was very good.
The vessel, which had been aground for two hours, had four crew, two of whom were in the water inspecting the hull. They were advised to get back on board and to change into warm, dry, clothes.
Having establishing that the boat was not holed, the lifeboat took her off the rocks and towed her to the safety of Portumna Castle Harbour, where she was tied up at 11.20am.
At 5pm the same day the lifeboat was requested to launch by Valentia Coast Guard to investigate reports that a 33ft cruiser, recently grounded off Ryan’s Point, inside the Mountaineer Buoy, was without its crew.
The lifeboat launched with helm Eleanor Hooker; Peter Clarke and Ben Ronayne on board and a they made their way to the vessel, it was established that its skipper, safe and unharmed, had been taken by a passing motor boat to Garrykennedy Harbour. The lifeboat took the skipper back to his vessel.
The craft was not holed but suffered damage to its props. With the boat’s skipper and a lifeboat crew member on board, the vessel was taken off the rocks and towed to Williamstown Harbour, where it was tied up at 6.40pm.