Four people were rescued by the RNLI on Lough Derg last night after the boat they were on suffered an engine failure.
The Alentia Coastguard requested the Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to launch four people on a 36ft motor cruiser with engine trouble.
The Coast Guard informed the Lifeboat Volunteers that the ship involved in the accident was at a location west of the Corakeen Islands in Dromineer Bay and that the skipper had dropped anchor to prevent drifting.
A spokesman for the RNLI said at 8.10pm the Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat Jean Spier set off with helmsman Eleanor Hooker, Joe O’Donoghue and Chris Parker on board.
“The skipper of a passing 45-foot cruiser had towed the ship involved in the accident and when the lifeboat arrived at the scene at 8:10 p.m., both ships were underway and making their way through the Urra Canal,” the spokesman said.
“All four people on the ship involved in the accident were safe and unharmed and the skipper of the tow vessel with nine people on board told the lifeboat he would like to proceed with the towing to Dromineer Harbour.
“The RNLI volunteers informed the Valentia Coast Guard of the situation and that the lifeboat would escort both vessels to Dromineer.
“As all ships approached Dromineer Harbour, the lifeboat went ahead to secure a safe mooring, but when the harbor was full a barge skipper offered to put the casualty ship up with a raft beside him, and the towboat was able to at Canal Store mooring jetty.
“With both ships securely tied alongside, the lifeboat left the scene and was back at the station at 8:36 p.m..”
Deputy Launching Authority at Lough Derg RNLI, Aoife Kennedy, advised boat users to “ensure your vessel is maintained and in safe operating condition and if you get into trouble on the lake dial 999 or 112 and ask for sea rescue.” .
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