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Lough lifeboat called out

6th July 2009

Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat launched following a request from Valentia Coast Guard to go the assistance of six persons, one adult and five teenagers, on board a 30ft vessel that had gone aground in Scarriff Bay at 8pm on Sunday night.

After 8pm Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat was requested to launch to assist six persons on board a 30ft clinker built wooden vessel aground in Scarriff Bay, at the South Western end of Lough Derg.  

The RNLI lifeboat, with helm Eleanor Hooker, Colin Knight and Ciaran Murphy on board, launched on Sunday 5 July at 20.55hrs. Weather conditions were fair with south Westerly winds, Force 3. The lifeboat located the cruiser in Scarriff Bay, west of Cahir Island. The six persons on board were advised to put on their lifejackets; all were safe and unharmed. An RNLI crew member boarded the vessel and made a thorough check under the floorboards and established that there was no ingress of water.  Another inspection was made of the outside of the hull and of the rudder, and found no damage. The cruiser was taken off the rocky shelf and out into deep water, where the RNLI crew member ensured that the engine was in working order in forward and astern drive.The RNLI crew member remained on board until they reached the mouth of the Scarriff river, when the vessel continued on its short journey to its harbour. The lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service again at 22.45hrs.

Earlier in the day, at 17.00hrs, when the lifeboat with helm Eleanor Hooker, Colin Knight and Owen Kavanagh on board, was returning to station flowing an exercise, Valencia Coast Guard requested that they go to the assistance of a vessel with engine failure at Garrykennedy. The lifeboat towed the 16ft vessel, with one person on board, into Garrykennedy Harbour, where the vessel was recovered from the public slip onto a road trailer.  The lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service at 18.00hrs. Team

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