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Distress Whistle Prompts Launch of Lough Derg Lifeboat

2nd February 2013
Distress Whistle Prompts Launch of Lough Derg Lifeboat

#rnli – Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was launched at the request of Valentia Coast Guard to investigate whether anyone was in difficulty on the lake, after they were informed that three sustained blasts from a whistle were heard from shore at Urra Point.

The lifeboat launched at 19:40 with Helm Eleanor Hooker, Ben Ronayne and David Moore on board.  Winds were northerly, Force 3.  The Gardai confirmed there were no reports of anyone overdue, although a lake boat had been seen departing Dromineer in the direction of Urra at around 17:00hrs.  The crew carried out a search along the Urra shoreline and released a white flare to light the search area.  The lifeboat then searched the water and shore around the Corragheen Islands and extended the search downwind of the initial search area in Dromineer Bay, where the crew launched a second flare.  Having found no evidence of a vessel or persons in distress, Valentia Coast Guard decided to stand down the lifeboat.

The Lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service again at 22.00hrs.

Published in RNLI Lifeboats
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