Lough Derg RNLI launched to assist 2 people on 18ft boat with engine failure
On Sunday evening, August 22, the Valentia Coast Guard asked the Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to launch to assist 2 people on an 18-foot motor cruiser with engine failure 2 km north of the bridge from Portumna above Lough Derg on the River Shannon.
At 6:40 p.m. the lifeboat Jean Spier launched with helm Eleanor Hooker, crew Owen Cavanagh, Joe O’Donoghue and Doireann Kennedy on board. The lake was flat and calm. Visibility was good.
RNLI volunteer crew Tom Hayes contacted colleague Tom McGarry, the Portumna Bridge Lock Keeper to inform him that the lifeboat would be at the bridge in twenty minutes, and asked him to open the bridge. please.
At 7:00 p.m., the lifeboat arrived at Portumna Bridge where the lock keeper was waiting and opened the swing bridge. While on the river, the lifeboat saw a vessel being towed by a personal watercraft. After determining that this was the vessel that had called for help and that both people on board were safe, unharmed and wearing their life jackets, the lifeboat determined the cause of the engine failure. The lifeboat took the tow of the watercraft, which returned north of its home port, and brought the motorboat to the Lough Derg side of the Portumna Bridge.
After the crashed vessel was safely moored alongside the quay, the vessel’s captain told the crew that their van and equipment to repair their vessel were across the bay at Terryglass Harbor. Considering the late hour with sunset at 8:44 p.m., the helm of the lifeboat decided to take the skipper to Terryglass Harbor where he could collect his van and return to his boat. The second person remained at the port of Portumna.
The lifeboat left Terryglass Harbor at 7:30 p.m. and was back at the station at 7:50 p.m.
Jeremy Freeman, deputy launching authority at Lough Derg RNLI, advises water users to “plan your passage, make sure you have enough fuel for your trip and plan to arrive safely before dark. night”.
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