Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat came to the aid of two people whose boat ran aground at the entrance to Terryglass harbour on Wednesday, June 4, at 6.30pm.
The lifeboat launched at 6.30pm following a call from Valentia Coast Guard, with helm Ger Egan, Lian Knight and Jason Freeman on board. Winds were westerly, Force 3, visibility was good. The lifeboat was alongside the casualty vessel at 6.54pm. The two people on board were safe and unharmed.
The vessel had suffered engine failure and the skipper had dropped anchor and called for assistance. The anchor dragged however, and the wind pushed them up on rocks close to the shore.
An RNLI crew member was transferred to the casualty vessel. After it was established that everyone was safe, the crew member checked for damage to the boat and determined whether the boat had been holed. Once satisfied that there was no breach to the hull, the lifeboat prepared to take the boat off the rocks and out to safe water.
At 7.25pm, and with an RNLI crew member remaining on board, the boat, with the two passengers, was towed to Terryglass harbour.
Mr Egan said: “As we approach the boating season, it is essential that crafts are serviced and filled with fresh fuel after their over-wintering.”
The lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service again at 8.30pm.