Monday 19 August 2019

Two adults and child rescued from damaged boat off Tipperary

The RNLI went to aid the trio, whose boat had run aground.

RNLI were called out to assist the boat on Lough Derg (PA)
RNLI were called out to assist the boat on Lough Derg (PA)

By Aoife Moore, PA

Two adults and a child have been rescued from a boat off Tipperary.

Lough Derg RNLI was called out to assist the passengers on the boat, which had run aground close to the entrance of Terryglass harbour on Wednesday.

Inshore lifeboat the Jean Spier was requested by Valentia Coast Guard and was launched at 6.23pm, with volunteer helm Owen Cavanagh and crew members Kjell Jimmy Gundegjerde, Doireann Kennedy and Joe O’Donoghue on board.

The lifeboat arrived to assist the vessel, which was caught on a rocky shoal.

The passengers were unharmed but the RNLI team discovered damage to the hull and that the boat was flooding.

The RNLI team took the three passengers on to the lifeboat and then on to Terryglass harbour.

The crew then set up a tow line and eased the cruiser from the rocks, bringing it into the harbour.

Mr Cavanagh said: “Before setting out, make sure you have the relevant charts for your journey and pay close attention to navigational markers on the lake.

“We would advise boat users to always check weather forecast in advance and always make sure there are enough lifejackets on board for all passengers.”

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