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Lough Derg lifeboat called into action

Cruiser left adrift following engine failure during severe weather.


A large group of people were rescued from Lough Derg over the weekend after getting into difficulty in poor weather conditions.

Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat launched to assist those on board a 40ft cruiser which had suffered engine failure.

The vessel was reported adrift in severe weather conditions close to Hare Island on Saturday evening.

The nine people on board had travelled the length of the lake from Terryglass and suffered engine failure at Hare Island.  All their mobile telephones were out of charge.

A member of the public, who had observed their plight from the shore, alerted the emergency services.

The cruiser had been adrift for 45 minutes – it was taken in tow by the Lough Derg lifeboat and brought to safety at Garrykennedy.