Lough Derg RNLI Assist Skipper Following Cruise Engine Failure

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Photo Credit: RNLI/Eleanor Hooker

The Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat assisted a lone skipper from their 30 foot cruiser following an engine failure on the lake’s eastern shore yesterday.

Given the location and the rough conditions, the crew members decided that the safest option was to take the vessel into safe water and reassess the engine.

An RNLI crew member transferred across to the casualty vessel and having established that the vessel had not suffered damage, was requested by the helm to set up for a tow.

The skipper was safe and unharmed and wearing his lifejacket.

The cruiser’s engine started without issue and all drives and rudder were found to be in good working order.

Aoife Kennedy, Deputy Launching Authority at Lough Derg RNLI, advises boat users ‘to have your engines serviced before going afloat and ensure you to replace old fuel with fresh fuel. Remember to carry an anchor with sufficient warp’.