Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat launched shortly before midday this Monday following a request from Valentia Coast Guard to assist seven people - two adults and five children - on board a 40ft vessel whose anchor had fallen off the bow and was reported be dragging.
The crew of a J24 yacht who saw their distress flag and offered assistance advised the skipper to turn to wind to reduce the severe roll from being side on to the weather. The yacht remained on scene until the lifeboat arrived. Winds were south-westerly, 13-15 knots, Force 3, gusting Force 4.
The lifeboat launched at 12.10pm with helm Eleanor Hooker, Ger Egan and Peter Clarke on board, reaching the cruiser near Parker’s Point. All seven people on board were safe and unharmed and wearing their lifejackets.
A lifeboat crew member crossed to the vessel and recovered the anchor. He remained on board and helmed the cruiser, with passengers, to Garrykennedy Harbour, where the lifeboat helped to tie it safely alongside.
Liam Maloney, lifeboat operations manager for Lough Derg RNLI, advised boat users that before setting out to check all gear is securely tied down or stowed.