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Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat assists three people after their 33ft cruiser ran aground in Scarriff Bay

Posted on June 18, 2017 at 1:45 PM

On Friday June 16, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI to assist 3 people whose 33ft cruiser ran aground north of the entrance to Scarriff River, on the western shore of Lough Derg.

Lough Derg Lifeboat in action. Photo: RNLI

At 6.13pm the lifeboat was launched with helm Eleanor Hooker, Owen Cavanagh and Darragh Quinn on board. Winds were southwesterly, Force 2. Visibility was good. With co-ordinates for the casualty vessel from Valentia Coast Guard, the lifeboat had sight of the cruiser at 6.31pm and were alongside at 6.45pm


All passengers were found to be safe and unharmed and wearing their lifejackets. The RNLI volunteers checked the boat and when satisfied that it was not holed, set up a bridle and tow. One RNLI volunteer remained on board.


At 7.10pm the vessel was taken off the rocks and towed into safe water. Before discontinuing the tow, the lifeboat crew made certain the casualty vessel was not taking any water and that the rudder and engine were not damaged. Before returning to the lifeboat, an RNLI volunteer indicated the safe navigation route to all on board. The cruiser then continued its passage to the Scarriff River.


The lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service again at 7.50pm.


Brian Hanly, Deputy Launching Authority at Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat, advises boat users to ‘familiarise themselves with their navigation charts of Lough Derg and to plan their passage before setting out’.

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