Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat was launched to assist 3 persons aboard a 32ft cruiser that had an engine overheating problem.
#rnl i– Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was requested by Valentia Coast Guard to assist 3 persons on board a 32ft crusier that was in danger of grounding on the Goat Road, south of Bellevue Point, after its engine had dangerously overheated. The skipper of the cruiser switched off his engine to prevent an engine fire. At 14.08hrs, the lifeboat launched with Helm Colin Knight, Eleanor Hooker and Tom Dunne on board. Winds were northerly, Force 4, and visibility was good.
The skipper of a passing barge, Knocknagow, advised the cruiser to drop anchor to prevent themselves being grounded on the Goat Road and raised the alarm. (The Goat Road is a rocky outcrop for migrating Terns. It is marked by the navigation mark E.
The cruiser passed a tow line to the barge, who took it under an alongside tow. When the lifeobat arrived on scene, they found all safe and well. An RNLI crew member was transferred to the cruiser, who passed the tow to the lifeboat. The cruiser was towed to Williamstown Harbour.
Lifeboat Helm, Colin Knight praised the skipper of cruiser for his swift action in cutting their engine saying that 'had he not noticed and been attentive to the overheating indicator, they would have been a definite risk of an engine fire on board'.
The lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service again at 15.15