Coast Guard helps same yacht twice in just a few hours

By Patrick Flynn

The Irish Coast Guard was called out to a yacht that ran aground twice on Lough Derg in a matter of hours yesterday.

Volunteers from the Killaloe unit of the volunteer service had earlier towed the 30-foot yacht to safety after it became stuck on rocks in Scarriff Bay close to the Clare shore.

Despite being tied up safely in Mountshannon Harbour the yacht ran aground for a second time a short distance away soon after the Coast Guard had left the area.

The first incident happened at around 6pm yesterday evening. The Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard and the Dromineer based RNLI lifeboat were alerted and requested to proceed to the scene.

File photo.

After locating the vessel, a crew member from Killaloe Coast Guard boarded the sailboat to check that the lone sailor was safe and to ensure the vessel had not been damaged.

The yacht was removed from the rocks and towed by the Coast Guard to Mountshannon Harbour. Once the vessel was safely tied alongside, the Coast Guard and RNLI crews were stood down.

A short time later the sailboat was seen leaving Mountshannon again however, and it quickly got into difficulty for a second time.

The Coast Guard was alerted several hours later after a member of the public observed the yacht and became concerned.

It is understood the sailor was attempting to make his way out to deeper water to tie up at one of several anchor points in the bay. Within minutes however, the yacht found itself stranded in shallow water again.

Killaloe Coast Guard was alerted at around 11.15pm and proceeded to the scene. The crew again removed the stranded yacht from rocks and towed it back into Mountshannon Harbour.

Both rescue operations were coordinated by watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard’s marine rescue sub centre (MRSC) on Valentia island in Kerry.

More in this Section

350 homes could lose part of their gardens for four high capacity bus and cycle corridors

Genesys announce 200 tech jobs for Galway

Report recommends a cap on interest rates chargeable by moneylenders

HSE implement only 10 of 36 recommendations following 2015 investigation

Breaking Stories

World Diabetes Day: Could you name the 7 subtle signs of the illness?

Underground art, gold mosques and soothing sewing lessons – Uzbekistan is full of surprises

How to put a twist on classic dishes – according to two MasterChef winners

How to make Ping Coombes’ no-cook rainbow pad Thai

More From The Irish Examiner