LOUGH Derg RNLI Lifeboat was launched this Tuesday at the request of Valentia Coasat Guard to assist two people in difficulty after their cruiser grounded on rocks. The lifeboat went to the assistance of two people who were in difficulty after their 25ft cruiser grounded on rocks inside the area known locally as the Goat Road, midway down the lake.
The lifeboat launched at 2.50pm with helm Eleanor Hooker, Owen Cavanagh and Ben Ronayne on board. Winds were easterly, Force 4. It was cold with sleet and snow showers.
The lifeboat located, and was alongside the cruiser within 13 minutes of launching. The two people on board were safe, unharmed and warm. They had misread their charts and glanced off a rock. While they were dealing with that situation, they became disorientated and passed the wrong side of the navigation mark, and grounded.
An RNLI crew member went on board and assessed the boat and once it was established that it was not holed, the cruiser was taken off the rocks and out into safe water. A line that had fouled the boat’s propellors was removed with some difficulty. The drives, propellors and rudder were checked again and and found to be undamaged. En route to Dromineer, two RNLI members remained on board to make sure the skipper and his crew were certain of their charts and course.
Lifeboat operations manager Pat Garland, said: “Coming up to the holiday season, it is important for lake users to be familiar with their charts, and not to deviate from the recognised routes.”
The Lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service again at 4.30pm.