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Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat launched to assist a family of three on board cruiser

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 5:35 AM

Lough Derg RNLI on exercise. Photo: RNLI/Lough Derg

At 7.15pm on Tuesday evening, March 22, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat to launch to assist a family of three on board a 36ft cruiser, suffering engine failure and adrift by Hare Island.

The lifeboat launched at 7.26pm with Helm Peter Clarke, Eleanor Hooker and David Moore on board. Winds were easterly, Force 2-3, visibility was good. The RNLI lifeboat was alongside the cruiser at 7.33pm. The family were found to be safe and unharmed, but anxious. The skipper had dropped anchor, recognizing 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 were found. Once a tow was set up, they weighed anchor and the casualty vessel was taken under tow to Dromineer harbour, where at 8.15pm, the cruiser was tied safely alongside.

Lough Derg RNLI helm Peter Clarke reassured the family that they had ‘made the correction decision to call for assistance and also to drop anchor’.

The Lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service again at 9pm.

Categories: RNLI News, Irish Coast Guard News

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