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Lough Derg RNLI launched to assist four people after 34ft cruiser ran aground

Lifeboats News Release

At 1.31pm today (Tuesday 4 October) Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch by Valentia Coast Guard, to assist four people after their 34ft cruiser ran aground by the Scilly Islands on Lough Derg.

At 1.39pm, the lifeboat launched with helm Ger Egan, Lian Knight and Delia Ho on board. Winds was east-southeasterly, Force 3. Visibility was good.
 
The lifeboat located the vessel at the junction of Scariff Bay and Parker’s Point at 1.54pm.  The four people on board were safe and unharmed and wearing their lifejackets. Once the lifeboat was satisfied the vessel was not holed, it was taken off the rocks and into safe water. The cruiser continued its onward journey once drives and rudder were found to be undamaged and in good working order.
 
Peter Kennedy, Deputy Launching Authority at Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat, advises boat users to ‘to bring charts with you and know the areas close to shore and islands marked as un-navigatable, particularly as water levels are low in the lake at the moment’.
 
The lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service again at 3pm.
 
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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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