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Mayday callout for Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat

Monday, 14th September, 2020 10:14am
Mayday callout for Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat

Lough Derg RNLI on their first call was to help two people on a 32ft cruiser.

Mayday callout for Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat

Lough Derg RNLI on their first call was to help two people on a 32ft cruiser.

On Sunday (September 13th) Lough Derg RNLI was involved in two rescue missions. Their first call was to help two people on a 32ft cruiser, which ran aground by the Silver Islands on the Galway shore at the northern end of Lough Derg. Shortly afterwards, the lifeboat team responded to a Mayday call by four people on board a 16ft motorboat, which was taking on water in rough weather south of Parker’s Point on the southwestern end of the lake.      


For the first callout, the lifeboat was alongside the casualty vessel at 1.46pm. Both people on board were safe and unharmed and wearing their lifejackets. An RNLI volunteer transferred to the casualty vessel. Once he was satisfied that the vessel was not holed, he set up for a tow.  At 1.59pm the lifeboat had the cruiser off the rocks and towed out into safe water where drives and rudder were checked and found to be in good working order. 
The lifeboat took their crew member back onto the lifeboat and the cruiser made it’s way safely to Cloondavaun Bay Harbour 


Later at 4.30pm Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI to assist four people on a 16ft motorboat, which was in danger of sinking. Given the critical nature of the launch, Rescue 115, the Irish Coast Guard Search and Rescue Helicopter took off from their base at Shannon Airport and Killaloe Coast Guard also launched from their base in Killaloe.


As the lifeboat approached Parker’s Point, Rescue 115 hailed the lifeboat to say they had located the casualty vessel and were going to hover close by. At 4.56pm the lifeboat was alongside the casualty vessel. All four persons were unharmed and wearing their lifejackets. The had deployed their anchor which was holding them off the rocky shore. Due to the swell swamping their deck, the casualty vessel had taken on a significant amount of water, which the crew were bailing from the bilge. At this time Killaloe Coast Guard arrived on scene and as the casualty vessel’s base was at Killaloe, it was agreed with Valentia Coast Guard that Killaloe Coast Guard would take the casualty vessel back to Killaloe. 


Rescue 115 departed the scene to return to its base at Shannon. Lough Derg RNLI departed the scene was back at Station in Dromineer at 5.20pm. Peter Kennedy, Deputy Launching Authority at Lough Derg RNLI praised all the RNLI volunteers for their “swift response to the callout. Four people were reported to be in grave and imminent danger, and the efficient shore crew assistance was particularly crucial to a speedy launch of the lifeboat under these circumstances”.

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