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Carrybridge RNLI assist four people on grounded vessel close to the Share Centre

Lifeboats News Release

At 5.20pm today, Sunday 5 August, Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards and Rescue Water Craft (RWC) launched following a request by Belfast Coastguard to assist a 23ft cruiser which had run aground close to the Share Centre, Upper Lough Erne

Carrybridge RNLI assist four people on grounded vessel close to the Share Centre

RNLI/Chris Cathcart

Carrybridge RNLI assist four people on grounded vessel close to the Share Centre

Winds were South Westerly, Force 2. Visibility was good with cloudy skies.

The lifeboat and RWC arrived with the casualty vessel which had four people on board. The vessel was aground, and both the vessel and people on board were found to be safe and well.

The volunteer crew assessed the vessel and found that its means of propulsion had also become damaged whilst aground.

Three of the crew from the casualty vessel were taken on board the lifeboat and transferred to the Share Centre. The lifeboat returned to the original location and with the assistance of the RWC set up a tow line, refloated the vessel and brought it and the remaining crewmember back to its mooring at the Share Centre. The lifeboat and RWC departed the scene at 6.39pm.

Also at 9.03pm on Saturday 4 August, Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards and Rescue Water Craft (RWC) launched following a request by Belfast Coastguard to a 16ft rowing boat which was adrift in the main navigation channel approx. half a mile upstream from Carrybridge. The rowing boat which was found to be unmanned had broken free from its moorings. The vessel was taken under tow by the lifeboat back to its own private mooring.

Speaking following the call outs, Tom Bailey, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Carrybridge RNLI said: ‘As we continue to enjoy the good weather, we would remind all boat users to respect the water, plan your passage before setting out, and take particular care whilst navigating. Should you get into trouble, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.’

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