A Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was launched today following a report that people were seen waving a distress signal on a cruiser outside the bay.
The lifeboat located the vessel in Mountshannon Bay and all nine people on board (three adults and six children) were safe and unharmed and wearing their lifejackets. They had dropped anchor to prevent being pushed onto nearby rocks.
An RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew member was transferred to the casualty vessel where he reassured everyone and then set up a bridle and tow. The lifeboat took the tow and went ahead of the cruiser to assist the RNLI volunteer weigh anchor, which had dug in and was holding fast.
The lifeboat crew towed the cruiser to Mountshannon Harbour where she was tied safely alongside at 4.30pm. The lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service again at 5pm.
Pat Lynch, Deputy Launching Authority at Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat advises boat users to ‘to check weather forecast before going afloat, make sure your boat is serviced and to carry a means of communication’.