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Lough Derg Lifeboat Tows Cruiser to Safety

26th June 2011
Lough Derg Lifeboat Tows Cruiser to Safety
On Saturday evening June 25, Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat, Toshiba Wave Warrior, towed a vessel and its skipper to safety, after it grounded on rocks, off Scarriff Bay on Lough Derg.

At 19.26hrs, Saturday June 25, Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat was requested to launch by Valentia Coast Guard, to assist a person whose vessel had grounded on rocks west of the Scilly Islands, in Scarriff Bay on Lough Derg. The lifeboat with helm Eleanor Hooker, Peter Clarke and Colin Knight on board, launched at 19.40hrs. Winds were southerly, Force 3, visibility was good. The lifeboat was alongside the casualty vessel, a 32ft cruiser, at 19.58hrs.

The person on board, senior but with a lifetime of boating experience, was quite unsettled by his experience, having misread his location. He was reassured by the lifeboat crew. After a thorough examination of the vessel, which was not holed, it was taken off the rocks and into safe water. With a crew member on board, the casualty vessel was taken under an alongside tow, via Scarriff Bay, up the Scarriff river in County Clare to his mooring. The vessel was tied safely alongside at 21.20hrs.

The lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service again at 21.40hrs.

Published in RNLI Lifeboats Team

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