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Carrybridge Lifeboat In Sunday Launch To Assist Grounded Cruiser

14th May 2018
Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat en route to the grounded cruiser west of Knockninny Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat en route to the grounded cruiser west of Knockninny Photo: RNLI/Carrybridge

#RNLI - Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat and rescue water craft (RWC) launched at 1.51pm yesterday afternoon (Sunday 13 May) following a request by Belfast Coastguard to assist a 35ft cruiser with four on board which was aground about a mile west of Knockninny in Upper Lough Erne, Co Fermanagh.

Weather conditions had south-westerly Force 3 winds with good visibility and part cloudy skies as the lifeboat Douglas Euan & Kay Richards, helmed by Chris Cathcart and with Nigel Carson, Kyle Boyd and Stephen McMaster on board, and the RWC with Garvan Duffy on board, made their way to the casualty vessel, where all passengers were found safe and well.

Once the cruiser was assessed and found to be not taking on water, the lifeboat crew set up a tow line and refloated the vessel into deeper water.

Following another check for damage, the cruiser was found to be in order and was able to continue on its journey. The lifeboat departed the scene at 2.40pm.

Speaking after the callout, Carrybridge RNLI deputy launching authority Stephen Scott said: “We hope the visitors have a safe onward journey and a enjoyable holiday. As we approach the summer season, we would remind all boat users to respect the water, plan your passage before setting out, and take particular care whilst navigating.”

Published in RNLI Lifeboats
MacDara Conroy

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