Lough Derg lifeboat rescues family after cruiser suffers engine failure

Lough Derg RNLI

Lough Derg RNLI

Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was launched on Tuesday at 7.15pm following a request from Valentia Coast Guard to assist a family of three on board a 36-foot cruiser that had suffered engine failure.

The lifeboat launched at 7.26pm with helm Peter Clarke, Eleanor Hooker and David Moore on board. Winds were easterly at Force 2-3 and visibility was good.

The RNLI lifeboat was alongside the cruiser at 7.33pm and the family were found to be safe and unharmed, but anxious. The skipper had dropped anchor, recognising that they were drifting close to the rocky shallows.

With an RNLI crewmember on board, the boat was checked for any other potential problems. None was found. Once a tow was set up, they weighed anchor and the cruiser was taken under tow to Dromineer harbour, where at 8.15pm, it was tied safely alongside.

Helm Peter Clarke reassured the family that they had “made the correct decision to call for assistance and also to drop anchor”.

It was the second rescue on Lough Derg in the past week, with a father and son being taken from the lake at Garrykennedy after locals spotted them in the water when their kayak overturned.

The pair were spooted from the shore by locals who brought them to safety. They were treated for mild hypothermia having spent 30 minutes in the water.


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