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Lough Derg RNLI launched to assist a person on board grounded 30ft cruiser

Lifeboats News Release

At 10.25am this morning (Sunday 3 July) Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat to launch to assist a person on board a 30ft cruiser that had gone aground on Lough Derg, south of Portumna.

The lifeboat launched at 10.45am with helm Eleanor Hooker and crewmembers Ger Egan and Lorna Walsh on board.  Winds were west-southwest, force 3/4 and visibility was good.
 
The lifeboat located the vessel at Gortmore Point, on the north-eastern shore of Lough Derg. The person on board was safe and unharmed. They were wearing their lifejacket.
 
An RNLI volunteer crewmember climbed across and provided reassurance. The lifeboat crew member checked the boat for any damage, and once satisfied the cruiser was not holed, set up a tow.
 
The cruiser was taken off the rocks and out into safe water, where the drives and engine were checked and found to be in working order. With two lifeboat crew on board the casualty vessel with its skipper, the lifeboat accompanied the cruiser to Dromineer harbour.
 
Brendan O’Brien, Deputy Launching Authority for Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat, advises lake users ‘who find themselves in difficulty, to dial 999 or 112 and ask for Marine Rescue’. ‘The RNLI Lifeboats and its volunteers provide 24hr rescue service, every day of the year.’
 
The Lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service again at 1.45pm.
 
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RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Eleanor Hooker, Lough Derg RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0877535207, email lnrhooker@gmail.com or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Ireland on 0876483547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Ireland on 0871254124 or 018900460 or email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

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