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Lifeboat launches for two vessels aground on Lough Derg

2nd May 2009

Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat launched this afternoon following a report of two vessels aground at Goat Road at the North Eastern end of Lough Derg. The crew launched following a request from Valentia Coast Guard to go the assistance of ten persons on board 35ft two cruisers that had gone aground in at Goat Road.

The lifeboat with helm Peter Clarke, Eleanor Hooker and Ciaran Murphy on board, launched at 11.40hrs.  Weather conditions were fair, with South Easterly winds Force 4 with frequent squalls.  Both vessels were located on the eastern side of the Goat Road, only one vessel, with seven persons on board, was grounded, the other vessel, with three persons on board was standing by, but was also in danger of being grounded.  A local fisherman in a lake boat had stayed with the cruisers until the lifeboat arrived.  On arrival at the scene four persons were in the water inspecting the stern on the grounded boat, they were requested to get back on board and to put on their lifejackets.  Lifeboat helm Peter Clarke advised of the importance of remaining on board the cruiser and of wearing lifejackets.  No person was injured when the vessel grounded.  Two RNLI crew members boarded the casualty vessel and ensured that all persons were safe and that the cruiser was not holed.  After the cruiser standing by was guided back to the navigation channel, the casualty vessel was taken off the rocks and towed into safe water.  Following a thorough check of engine and steering, which were undamaged, both vessels carried on with their journey.

The lifeboat returned to Station and was ready for service again at 13.00hrs Team

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