Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat assists three people when their cruiser ran aground

Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat launched following a request from Valentia Coast Guard to assist three people in difficulty when their boat ran aground in Slevoir Bay.


At 17.450hrs on Wednesday afternoon, September 4, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat to launch to assist three people, after their 38ft cruiser ran aground close to Terryglass, at the very northern end of Lough Derg.


The lifeboat launched at 17.53hrs with Helm Eleanor Hooker, Peter Clarke and Jason Freeman on board. Winds were south westerly, Force 3.  The lifeboat came alongside the cruiser at 18.17hrs.  The vessel was aground on a rocky shelf, in less than two foot of water.  The lifeboat transferred an RNLI volunteer to the casualty vessel.  The three people on board were unharmed but anxious, they were wearing their lifejackets.  The RNLI crew member reassured everyone onboard, then checked their boat for any damage.


When the RNLI crew member was satisfied that the boat was not holed, the lifeboat took it off the rocks and towed it into safe water.  Before releasing the tow, the skipper was asked to check drives, forward and astern and steering.  Then, with a lifeboat crew member still on board, the lifeboat accompanied the cruiser to the public harbour in Terryglass, where she was left, tied up safely alongside.


Deputy Launching Authority, John Kelly, advises boat users to keep ‘up to date charts of the lake onboard’.


The Lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service again at 19.35hrs.

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