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Carrybridge RNLI Assist RIB Boater 'Disorientated' While Navigating Lough Erne 

10th August 2018
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The man had become disorientated whilst navigating in darkness in the area of Tamlaght Bay, Upper Lough Erne The man had become disorientated whilst navigating in darkness in the area of Tamlaght Bay, Upper Lough Erne

At 1.30am on Friday 10 August, Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards and Rescue Water Craft (RWC) launched following a request by Belfast Coastguard to assist a man who had become disorientated whilst navigating in darkness in the area of Tamlaght Bay, Upper Lough Erne.

Winds were Westerly, Force 1. Visibility was fair with an overcast sky. 

The lifeboat and RWC arrived with the casualty vessel which was a small rib with one male adult on board. The owner of the vessel had secured to a marker to maintain his position until help arrived.

The volunteer crew spoke with the boat owner who was in good condition and it was decided that he should be taken on board the lifeboat whilst one of the lifeboat personnel was placed on the casualty vessel. All three vessels made their way back to Carrybridge together.

Back at Carrybridge the casualty vessel was secured at a private marina and the crew made sure that the owner was safe and well. The lifeboat made their way back to the station at 02.30am.

Speaking following the call out, Stephen Scott, Deputy Launching Authority at Carrybridge RNLI said: ‘We would ask all water users to plan their activity in advance, to let someone know of these plans and also it is vital to have a means of calling for assistance in the event of an emergency. The number to dial should you find yourself in trouble is: 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.’

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