Wednesday 18 July 2018

Seven rescued as 40-foot yacht loses control while anchored in Lough Derg

A Lough Derg RNLI rescue crew in action Credit: Lough Derg RNLI
A Lough Derg RNLI rescue crew in action Credit: Lough Derg RNLI

David Kearns

Seven people were rescued after their 40-foot yacht ran into difficulties while sailing in Ireland's second biggest lake.

Two adults and five children were taken from the cruiser by a crew from Lough Derg RNLI in County Donegal when the vessel's anchor fell off the bow and was reportedly ‘dragging’.

A ship is said to be having a "dragging anchor" when it drifts without holding power in spite of being anchored.

Rescue crews from Lough Derg RNLI were notified at around midday of the vessel's difficulties, and a lifeboat was launched to bring the ship back to shore.

A passing yacht offered assistance and remained on scene until the Lough Derg lifeboat arrived.

All seven people on board were unharmed and wearing lifejackets, said Liam Maloney - Lifeboat Operations Manager for Lough Derg RNLI.

“The lifeboat located the cruiser in open water near Parker's Point. A lifeboat crew member crossed to the casualty vessel and reassured everyone, before recovering the anchor and stowing it securely. He remained on board and helmed the cruiser, with her passengers, back to Garrykennedy Harbour,” he added.

Lough Derg, historically Lough Dergart, is a freshwater lake in the Shannon River Basin, and is the second-biggest lake in Ireland.

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