Lough Derg RNLI launched to investigate a report of a kayaker in difficulty.
On Sunday afternoon February 12, the Valentia Coast Guard called the Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat out to investigate a report from a member of the public that a kayaker was in difficulty by Navigation Mark J, at the northern end of Lough Derg.
At 3:40 p.m. the lifeboat launched with Keith Brennan at the helm, crew Owen Cavanagh, Chris Parker and Tom Hayes aboard. The winds were force 4 from the southwest with gusts. Visibility was good.
When the lifeboat arrived at Navigation Mark J, north of Gortmore, it began a thorough search of the area. From the shore, two swimmers in Gortmore observed the lifeboat and called the RNLI boathouse in Dromineer, suspecting that the water board they were using as a safety buoy may have triggered the alarm. The board was located where the audience member thought he saw an overturned kayak.
Valentia Coastguard was informed and the lifeboat was laid up.
The lifeboat left the scene and was back at the station at 4:50 p.m.
Jeremy Freeman, Deputy Launching Authority at Lough Derg RNLI, said “it was a false alarm but with good intentions”. It says “if you see anyone in trouble in the water, call 999 or 112 and ask for rescue at sea”. Stay safe and don’t enter the water yourself, too many people drown trying to save others.
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