Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat assists 3 persons in distress on board a vessel with engine failure in heavy winds

On Tuesday evening September 14, at 19.35hrs, Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat Toshiba Wave Warrior towed a 38ft vessel to safety after it suffered engine failure.

At 19.12hrs on Tuesday evening September 14, Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch to assist three persons in distress on board a 38ft motor cruiser which had suffered engine failure.  The lifeboat with helm Peter Clarke, Eleanor Hooker and Colin Knight on board, launched at 21.25hrs.  Winds were west north-west, Force 5, gusting 6 with rough seas.  Visibility was initially good with fading light.

The lifeboat located the vessel in Youghal Bay, close to Ryan’s Point, and was alongside at 19.35hrs.  All passengers were safe and unharmed.  They were wearing their lifejackets.  The vessel had dropped anchor to prevent being itself being grounded, but the anchor was not holding and the vessel was rolling side-on to steep waves.  Once a tow was set up, an RNLI crew member weighed anchor and the vessel and her passengers were taken to the safety of the public harbour in Garrykennedy.

The lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service again at 20.30hrs

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