Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat was launched yesterday afternoon to assist a lone sailor on a 30ft yacht who had run aground in Scariff Bay.
At 6.29pm on Saturday evening, April 14, Lough Derg RNLI was requested to launch by Valentia Coast Guard to assist a lone sailor on a 30ft yacht aground in Scariff Bay
At 6.40pm, the lifeboat launched with helm Dom Sharkey, Eleanor Hooker and Ger Egan on board. The RNLI volunteers located the vessel at 6.57pm.
Killaloe Coast Guard was also on scene and took the yacht off the sandy bank. Lough Derg RNLI volunteers stayed on scene until satisfied that all was well and no further assistance required. The lifeboat departed the scene at 7.17pm, and was ready for service again at 7.59pm
Lifeboat helm Dom Sharkey advises boat users to ‘enjoy the lake, but make sure you check weather forecasts for Lough Derg, and to let someone know when you expect to reach harbour.
"Remember always to carry a means of communication, such as VHF marine radio and/or mobile phone," he added.