Lough Derg RNLI assist a family of five on a 25ft cruiser with engine failure

Lifeboats News Release

At 6.47pm today, June 30, Lough Derg RNLI launched following a request by Valentia Coast Guard to assist a family of five on a 25ft cruiser with engine failure in Youghal Bay off Garrykennedy on the eastern shore of Lough Derg.

Winds were northerly, Force 1/2. Visibility was very good.

The Lifeboat, with helm Eleanor Hooker, Dom Sharkey and Joe O’Donoghue on board, arrived on scene at 6.51pm.

The lifeboat found everyone on board, two adults and three children, to be safe and unharmed wearing their lifekackets. The skipper of the crusier had dropped anchor, to prevent drift. The cruiser had engine failure that required specialist attention and so the lifeboat volunteer prepared the casualty vessel for tow. He weighed anchor and the lifeboat took the cruiser under tow to Garrykennedy Harbour, where, at 7.13pm, it was safely tied alongside.

The lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service again at 7.33pm

Peter Kennedy, Deputy Launching Authority at Lough Derg RNLI, says the 'skipper did the correct thing to drop anchor and to call for help immediately, and especially with young children on board in this heat'.

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