Four people rescued by RNLI on Lough Derg

Four people were rescued by the RNLI last night on Lough Derg after the boat they were traveling on succumbed to engine failure.

Alentia Coast Guard has requested the Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to launch to assist four people on an engine-out 36ft motor cruiser.

The Coast Guard informed the lifeboat volunteers that the stricken vessel was at a location west of the Corakeen Islands in Dromineer Bay and that the captain had anchored to prevent drifting.

An RNLI spokesperson said at 8.10pm the Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat ‘Jean Spier’ had been launched with helmsman Eleanor Hooker, Joe O’Donoghue and Chris Parker on board.

“The captain of a passing 45ft cruiser had taken the stricken vessel in tow and when the lifeboat arrived on scene at 8:10 p.m. both vessels were underway and passing through the Urra Channel,” said the spokesperson.

“All four people aboard the casualty vessel were safe and uninjured, and the captain of the towing vessel, with nine people on board, told the lifeboat that he was happy to continue the tow to Dromineer Harbour.

‘RNLI volunteers advised Valentia Coastguard of the situation and that the lifeboat would accompany both vessels to Dromineer.

“As all the ships approached Dromineer harbor the lifeboat went ahead to secure the mooring, but as the harbor was full the captain of a barge offered to bring the ship up crashed alongside them and the towing vessel was able to moor at the Canal Store pier.

“When both vessels were safely moored, the lifeboat left the scene and was back in station at 8:36 p.m..”

Lough Derg RNLI Deputy Launch Authority Aoife Kennedy advised boat users to “ensure your vessel is maintained and in good working order and if you find yourself in difficulty on the lake, dial 999 or 112 and request rescue at sea”.

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