Stranded tourists rescued by lifeboat
EIGHT holidaymakers had to be rescued yesterday after their cruise boat ran aground on Lough Derg, writes Pat Flynn.
The Coast Guard received a report of a vessel on rocks off Crane Island, on the Clare shore of Lough Derg, at 3.30pm.
The Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat raced to the scene from its base at Dromineer, Co Tipperary, and reached the vessel shortly before 4.00pm.
The lifeboat found all eight non-Irish adults safe and unharmed.
The boat was was then taken off the rocks and towed out into safer waters where a further inspection of the vessel, including checks on steering and rudder, were carried out.
It went to Garrykennedy, Co Tipperary, from where it set off earlier.
The rescue operation was coordinated by the Coast Guard Marine Rescue Coordination Centre at Valentia Island in Co Kerry.