Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat goes to the assistance of 5 persons on board a vessel on rocks and taking on water

At 09.35hrs Sunday October 16, Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat, Toshiba Wave Warrior, was requested by Valentia Coast Guard to go to the assistance of 5 persons, on board a 37ft cruiser on rocks and which was now taking on considerable amounts of water. The cruiser Laura was standing by, but was unable to get close to the casualty.

At 09.49hrs the lifeboat launched, with helm Eleanor Hooker, Peter Clarke and Colin Knight on board.  The lifeboat carried its salvage pump.  The wind was southwest, Force 3 to 4 gusting 5 (9knots gusting 18), with visibility very good.   At 10.12hrs the lifeboat was alongside the casualty vessel which was listing severely to starboard and on rocks. There were five persons on board, all safe and unharmed and wearing lifejackets.  Two RNLI crew members went on board to assess damage to the vessel and, finding that she was holed and taking on water,  it was decided to take all persons onto the lifeboat and transfer them to Castle Harbour where they were met by the rest of their group.  The lifeboat thanked the skipper of Laura for standing by.  The lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service at 12midday.

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