Water Safety Warning issued in the run up to June Bank Holiday

The Coast Guard, Water Safety Ireland and the RNLI have issued a statement advising people of precautionary measures they should take around water over the Bank Holiday weekend.  This time of year tends to show an increase in incidents related to water-based activities. Members of the public are advised to follow the advice of these […]

Lough Derg RNLI assists 3 people on a 26ft cruiser with engine failure

On Wednesday 29 May, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to launch to assist 3 people on a 26ft cruiser with engine failure and at anchor in Youghal Bay, east of Garrykennedy Harbour.   At 5.34pm Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat Jean Spier launched with helm Dom Sharkey, crew Eleanor Hooker, Chris Parker and Joe O’Donoghue […]

Lough Derg RNLI celebrates 20 years lifesaving service on Lough Derg

As the RNLI commemorates the charity’s 200 years of lifesaving this year, Lough Derg RNLI celebrates 20 years service on Lough Derg. On Sunday afternoon, 12 May, volunteers past and present at Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat station, gathered with their families and RNLI staff members at Lough Derg Yacht Club, to celebrate the lifeboat’s 20 […]

Lap the Lake charity cycle proves an immense success raising €17,500 for Lough Derg RNLI

Blessed with good weather, the third Lap the Lake charity cycle on Saturday last, 11 May, was an immense success, raising €17,500 for Lough Derg RNLI. Over 250 cyclists took part in the event; some chose to complete the 120km route while others opted for the 65km course. The longer route took participants on a […]

Lough Derg RNLI launched to search for a possible missing person and to assist a kayaker in difficulty in the water

At 10.28am on Monday morning 10 April, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI to launch following a report from a resident on Illaunmore that a speedboat was at an unsafe location north of the island and appeared not to have anyone on board. Valentia Coast Guard requested the lifeboat to check the vessel and […]

Lough Derg RNLI assists three people on a 35ft cruiser aground at Illaunmor

At 3.25pm Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat, Jean Spier, launched with helm Eleanor Hooker, Doireann Kennedy, Joe O’Donoghue and Tom Hayes on board. Winds were southerly Force 3/4, visibility was good.   Initial reports from the casualty vessel indicated that it was aground by the entrance to Dromineer Bay. With no evidence of a vessel in difficulty in […]

RNLI seeks new recruits to help share safety messaging and raise funds

The RNLI is currently looking to recruit more face-to-face fundraisers to help share vital safety messages and encourage new supporters to sign up and donate after the charity experienced a shortfall in funds last year.   With 46 lifeboat stations across Ireland, the RNLI’s remit is vast. The charity is currently facing a ‘perfect storm’ of […]

Million-euro training fund helps new volunteer crew member at Lough Derg RNLI learn vital skills

Chris Parker recently travelled to the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, to complete the charity’s Crew Emergency Procedures course. Chris was inspired to join up as a volunteer crew member for the charity after moving near to Lough Derg and was keen to give something back to the community he had joined as well as […]

Lough Derg RNLI rescue two people on a 35ft cruiser with engine failure

Lough Derg RNLI was called out today (Monday 2 September) to assist two people whose cruiser had suffered engine failure close to Mount Shannon.   At 12.43pm the Atlantic 85 lifeboat Jean Spier was launched with volunteer crew Lian Knight, Stephen Smyth and helm Owen Cavanagh onboard. Winds were south westerly, force 4/5 and visibility was poor. […]

Lough Derg RNLI Assist 4 People After Boat Ran Aground

At 12.50pm today, Sunday September 9, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI to assist 4 people after their boat ran aground when they took a wrong turn in the river above Victoria Lock on the River Shannon. Winds were west-southwesterly, Force 4/5, gusting 5/6, rain showers, otherwise visibility very good. At 1pm, the lifeboat […]

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