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Lough Derg RNLI assists four people on a 40ft cruiser aground by Hare Island

Lifeboats News Release

At 1.40pm today (Thursday 5 April) Lough Derg RNLI launched following a request from Valentia Coast Guard to assist four people after their 40ft cruiser grounded inside the red navigation mark by Hare Island.

Teenagers in inflatable

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Teenagers in inflatable

The lifeboat, with Helm Ger Egan and crew Owen Cavanagh and Delia Ho on board located the vessel at 1.50pm. Winds were southeasterly, Force 5. Visibility was good.

The passengers were found to be safe and unharmed and wearing their lifejackets. An RNLI volunteer was transferred across to the casualty vessel where he checked that the vessel was not holed or suffered damage to its propellers or rudder.

The cruiser was taken off the rocks and continued its onward journey without further assistance from the lifeboat.

The lifeboat departed the scene at 2.11pm, and was ready for service again at 2.36pm

Lifeboat helm Ger Egan advises boat users to ‘enjoy the lake, but make sure you plan your trip and ensure you stay the correct side of navigation marks on the lake.’

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For more information please contact Eleanor Hooker, Lough Derg RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0877535207, email lnrhooker@gmail.com or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Ireland on 0876483547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Ireland on 0871254124 or 018900460 or email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

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