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RNLI crews rescue 10 people from water in last 24 hours after 36ft boat and yacht suffer engine trouble

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Stock image of an RNLI rescue lifeboat

Stock image of an RNLI rescue lifeboat

Stock image of an RNLI rescue lifeboat

Four people were rescued by the RNLI last night on Lough Derg after their 36ft motor cruiser suffered engine failure.

And another six people had to be rescued in the early hours of this morning after the yacht they were on suffered a malfunction near Ballycotton Island.

In the first incident yesterday, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to launch to assist four people on a 36ft motor cruiser with engine failure.

A massive had to be rescued from the water in Lough Derg by the RNLI, with four people successfully brought back to shore.

Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to launch to assist four people on a 36ft motor cruiser with engine failure.

The Coast Guard informed the lifeboat volunteers that the casualty vessel was at a location west of the Corakeen Islands in Dromineer Bay and that the skipper had dropped anchor to prevent drift.

A spokesperson from the RNLI said at 8.10pm, Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat ‘Jean Spier’ launched with helm Eleanor Hooker, Joe O’Donoghue and Chris Parker on board.

“The skipper of a passing 45ft cruiser had taken the casualty vessel under tow and when the lifeboat arrived on scene at 8.10pm, both vessels were underway and making way through the Urra Channel,” the spokesperson said.

“All four people on the casualty vessel were safe and unharmed, and the skipper of the towing vessel, with nine people on board, told the lifeboat that he was happy to continue the tow to Dromineer Harbour.

“The RNLI volunteers informed Valentia Coast Guard of the situation and that the lifeboat would accompany both vessels to Dromineer.

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“As all vessels approached Dromineer Harbour, the lifeboat went ahead to secure safe mooring, however as the harbour was full a skipper of a barge offered to have the casualty vessel raft up alongside them and the towing vessel was able to moor at the Canal Store jetty.

“When both vessels were safely tied alongside, the lifeboat departed the scene and was back at Station at 8.36pm.”

The deputy launching authority at Lough Derg RNLI Aoife Kennedy advised boat users to “ensure your vessel is serviced and in safe working order and if you find yourself in difficulty on the lake dial 999 or 112 and ask for marine rescue”.

Meanwhile, six people were rescued after the yacht they were on suffered a malfunction near Ballycotton Island in the early hours of this morning.

The RNLI said ‘Jaffa’, a nine metre Dutch yacht, suffered a “fouled propeller” 4.5 nautical miles east of Ballycotton Island in the early hours of this morning and was brought to safety by the lifeboat crew from Ballycotton RNLI.

‘The Austin Lidbury’ was requested to launch by Valentia Coast Guard at 12.01am following a request for assistance from the crew of a student training yacht whose propeller was fouled on a lobster pot marker and were unable to sail to the nearest safe harbour as there was not enough wind.

They had begun their journey yesterday morning in Kilmore for Cork as part of a college training voyage to circumnavigate Ireland.

A spokesperson for Ballycotton RNLI said it was “quickly able to locate the stricken yacht and assess the situation”.

“After confirming all people on board were safe, Alan Cott a volunteer crew member boarded the yacht and was able to cut the rope wrapped around the propeller and free of the vessel,” the spokesperson said.

“Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat then secured a towrope to the yacht and returned to Ballycotton pier at approximately 2.30am.”

Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat coxswain Eolan Walsh said it was approximately 11pm when the propeller became fouled.

“The crew of the Jaffa remained calm and made the correct decision to request assistance from the Irish Coast guard when they encountered propeller difficulties,” he said.

“Everyone on board was wearing a life jacket and were relieved to see us. We would advise people to take the correct water safety advice for the activity they are taking part in and to always make sure they have a means of raising the alarm if things go wrong.”

The crew of the Jaffa will remain in Ballycottton until repairs have been carried out before setting sail on the rest of their journey.

The RNLI continues to provide an on call 24/7 search and rescue lifeboat service. To ensure people's own safety in or on the water, the RNLI urged people to adhere to the relevant water safety guidance for their activity.

If you see somebody in trouble on the water or along the coast, or think they are in trouble, Dial 999 or 112 or use VHF radio CH 16 and ask for the Coast Guard.


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