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06 Oct 2022

Breaking: Lough Derg RNLI rescues lone angler who ran aground in lake boat

Breaking: Lough Derg RNLI rescues lone angler who ran aground in lake boat

Lough Derg RNLI

Lough Derg RNLI was called out to rescue an angler whose 18-foot lake boat ran aground in the lake this Tuesday, May 1.

The lifeboat launched following a request by Valentia Coast Guard.

The lifeboat arrived at the Goat Road on the north end of the lake at 1.36pm, but there was no evidence of the vessel. The lifeboat searched the area and located the fisherman in his boat at Russell Cabin, north of the Goat Road.

As the lake boat was aground in a particularly rocky and shallow area, the lifeboat dropped anchor and veered back to the location.

An RNLI volunteer waded in to the lake boat and found the fisherman to be safe and unharmed and wearing his lifejacket.

The RNLI volunteer and the fisherman bailed the water taken in over the gunwales of the lake boat. They eased the vessel off the rocks and out to to the lifeboat, where it was taken under tow to Skehana.

The lakeboat was tied safely alongside at 2.56pm.

Winds were south-southeasterly, Force 4/5. Visibility was good, but with mist and frequent rain squalls.

Liam Maloney, volunteer lifeboat operations manager advised boat users to "check the conditions before going afloat and make sure your vessel is able for the conditions forecast".

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