Search Underway on Lough Derg after damaged boat discovered

A search is underway on Lough Derg for the owner of a boat that was discovered upturned and damaged in the Youghal Bay area last night near Garrykennedy. The RNLI lifeboat and others resumed the search this morning. Navy and Garda Divers have been notified and the local Lough Derg Sub Aqua Club S&R unit is on standby.

The following press release was issued by Lough Derg RNLI last night after the boat was first discovered:

On Thursday evening August 2 at 21.19hrs, Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was launched to investigate a vessel upturned in Youghal Bay, close to Garrykennedy.  At 21.34hrs, the lifeboat launched with Helm Peter Clarke, Colin Knight and David Moore on board. Winds were southwesterly, Force 2, and visibility was good, but failing quickly with nightfall.

Lifeboat crew, committee members and volunteers set off in teams to search the shoreline. There were no reports of anyone overdue, and attempts are ongoing to discover who might own the boat.  

 An extensive search of the water and shoreline didn’t reveal anything.  The speedboat was taken to Garrykennedy and is being investigated by Garda specialists.
The search was called off and all teams returned to their bases.  A search will begin once again at daybreak, 05.30hrs, August 3.
The Lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service again 01.00hrs.

Lifeboat Operations Manager, Charles Stanley Smith thanked everyone for their assistance on the search saying that he was ‘extremely pleased with the level of co-operation by all of the emergency services on the lake, as well as offers of help from the public’.


Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat station has been operating since May 2004. The lifeboat is based at Dromineer, Nenagh, County Tipperary To learn more about the lifeboat station go to



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