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Lough Derg RNLI assist two people on broken down 24ft cruiser

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Lough Derg RNLI has assisted two people this evening adter their 24ft cruiser got into difficulty and was drifting across the lake near Portumna.

The inshore lifeboat launched at 4.45pm today (Wednesday 30 July) with helm Eleanor Hooker and crew members Jason Freeman and Keith Brennan on board.

Winds were westerly, force four and visibility was fair to good with frequent rain squalls.

The crusier was pushed up river towards Portumna Bridge by the wind.

When the volunteer lifeboat crew arrived on scene, they found the two people to be safe and unharmed, and wearing their lifejackets. Another vessel had attempted to assist, but their tow had boken and the lifeboat was called.

An RNLI volunteer checked the boat for damage and when he was satisfied it was not holed, he set up a tow. The lifeboat took the cruiser under tow to the safety of Terryglass harbour, where it was tied alongside at 5.55pm.

Lifeboat Helm Eleanor Hooker thanked boat users in Terryglass Harbour, who took lines when the lifeboat brought the cruiser alongside. She advised skippers to: ‘ensure their boat has fresh fuel and is well serviced before going afloat’.

Categories: RNLI News

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