Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat launched to assist four people on board a 24ft yacht, aground in Sandy Bottom in Dromineer Bay at 8.03pm this Monday evening, June 15.
The lifeboat launched at 8.12pm with helm Eleanor Hooker, Owen Cavanagh and Dean O’Sullivan on board. Winds were south westerly, Force 3, and visibility was good.
The lifeboat located the cruiser at 8.13pm. Local boat owners had attempted to offer assistance, but found themselves in danger of grounding.
An RNLI volunteer waded in to the yacht, aground in two foot of water. He found that the four people on board were safe and unharmed. Once he established that vessel was not taking on water, he set up a bridle, and the lifeboat took the yacht under tow to Dromineer Harbour.
Brendan O’Brien, deputy launching authority, advises all boat users to note that “water levels on the lake are particularly low at the moment and to bear this in mind when passage planning”. He further suggested asking locals for advice if uncertain.