Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat Assists 4 Persons on Board a 26ft Sailing Yacht After it Gets into Difficulty in Dromineer Bay in Force 6 Winds

Whilst on exercise on Sunday morning February 6, the Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat, with helm Peter Clarke, Owen Cavanagh and Ger Egan on board, was requested to go to the assistance of four persons on board a 26ft sailing yacht that got into difficulty in strong winds in Dromineer Bay.  Winds were south-westerly, Force 6 with a large swell.  The lifeboat came alongside the casualty vessel at 11.09hrs and found that two of the yacht’s crew had been taken onto another vessel.  The yacht, which had grounded in shallow water, was listing to starboard.  With an RNLI crew member on board, the yacht was taken off the shallows at 11.20hrs and towed to the safety of the public harbour in Dromineer.   RNLI lifeboat helm, Peter Clarke, said that “given the wind and lake conditions it was a challenging enough rescue and speed and efficiency was paramount.”

The lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service again at 12mid-day.

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