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Lough Derg lifeboat rescues nine people in busy two weeks

RNLI crew

RNLI crew

Lough Derg lifeboat crew rescued a total of nine people in four separate callouts on the lake over the past two weeks. No one was injured in any of the incidents.

Following the incidents, the RNLI urged people to check charts before setting out, to ensure all craft is in good repair and to check weather conditions before going on the water.

The latest rescue was on Friday, August 1, when the lifeboat launched at 7.30pm to locate three people reported overdue and thought to be near Holy Island.

The three people had set out for Holy Island in a a wooden rowing dinghy and a kayak, and were thought to be returning via the Scilly Islands, when they were reported overdue by their family

The lifeboat launched in northerly Force 3 winds, with visibility poor, down to half-a-mile.

The lifeboat located the three north of the islands. All were wearing their lifejackets and in good spirits.

Deputy launching authority Peter Kennedy advises all boat users to “check weather conditions before setting out, and to carry a reliable means of communication with shore”.

On Thursday, July 31, the lifeboat was launched shortly before 8.15pm to assist two people and their dog on board a 32ft cruiser aground on Sandy Bottom in Dromineer Bay.

The two people and their dog were safe and unharmed. The boat was checked for damage and it was found that the steering was not working.

Lifeboat helm Eleanor Hooker advised boat users to “study your charts and plan your passage before setting out from port, and to know the navigation buoys on the lake”.

The previous day, the lifeboat was launched at 4.45pm to assist two people on board a 24ft cruiser, broken down and drifting across the lake near Portumna.

The cruiser was pushed upriver towards Portumna Bridge by the wind. When the lifeboat arrived, it found the two people to be safe and unharmed, and wearing their lifejackets. The lifeboat took the cruiser under tow to Terryglass harbour.

On July 26 at 9.55pm, the RNLI assisted two people on board a cruiser aground at Drominagh.

The two people were safe and unharmed, and wearing their lifejackets, but night was falling. The lifeboat took the cruiser off the rocks and out to safe water, where it was found not to be damaged.

Helm Peter Clarke praised the crew of the boat for remaining calm and calling for assistance as soon as they recognised they had a problem.

He advised all boat users to study their charts before setting out, and to stay within the navigation buoys on the lake.

 
 
 

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