Enniskillen RNLI rescues two people after a boat breaks free from jetty
Enniskillen RNLI have rescued two people on Lower Lough Erne after their 42ft cruiser broke free from the jetty it was moored at during high winds.
Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of the charity’s inshore lifeboat this morning (Thursday 14 June) at 6.42am. The volunteer crew proceeded north to Rossigh where they found the stricken vessel close to the shoreline south of Rossigh. With increasing winds through the night the vessel had broken free from its mooring and some of the jetty was still secured to the boat.
The winds were starting to settle but they were estimated to be a force 6 or 7 when launching from the Lough Erne Yacht Club.
The lifeboat managed to refloat the vessel and brought it into safer water. The hire company took charge of the cruiser with the lifeboat accompanying them to a sheltered location.
After the rescue Gary Jones, Enniskillen RNLIs Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘With challenging conditions this morning the crews training was put into action and brought the two people and vessel to safety’.
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