Carrybridge RNLI lifeboat crew assist a sinking vessel with one man and his dog
At 7.28am today (Sunday 6 May) Carrybridge RNLI inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards, launched following a request by Belfast coastguard to assist a 37foot cruiser which was taking on water on the lough near Belturbet, Co Cavan.
Winds were southerly, Force 1 and visibility was good with sunny skies.
The Lifeboat, with helm Chris Cathcart, David Reid, Kyle Boyd and Colin Beacom on board, arrived in Belturbet where they located the casualty vessel which was now moored alongside the public jetty, but was still taking on water. The owner and his dog were unharmed.
Also in attendance were Belturbet Fire and Rescue Service.
The RNLI volunteer crew set up their salvage pump, and started to pump the water out of the casualty vessel. Once the water level started to lower, the access point of the water was located and a temporary seal put in place. The casualty vessel was then pumped out dry, and the lifeboat towed it to the public slipway where it was beached to avoid it sinking. The lifeboat departed the scene at 9.40am.
Chris Cathcart, Helm at Carrybridge RNLI noted ‘the crew were glad to be able to assist the owner this morning with his vessel, and hope he continues to have an enjoyable holiday.'
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