40 People Are Rescued After A  Ship Sinks In Lough Derg Lake.

20 March  2023

The Lough Derg RNLI rescued 40 people on a 40-foot passenger ship that had grounded on a rocky shoal off the coast of County Galway’s Bonaveen Point. The lifeboat questioned the casualty vessel and Valentia Coast Guard if it had been taking on water and if there were any risks in the water nearby while in VHF contact with them.

The casualty vessel advised the RNLI crew that there was a serious hazard on the starboard side while mentioning that they were not taking on any water. All persons on board were found to be in good health and to be wearing life jackets when volunteers arrived alongside the casualty vessel on her port side. The RNLI lifeboat helm decided to leave the shoal because of the large number of casualties on board, the location, and the lake’s weather.

The Valentia Coast Guard was notified by the RNLI lifeboat of the choice to evacuate some passengers from the damaged vessel. The mobile unit of the Killaloe Coast Guard would be receiving the victims and taking them to their vehicles. The casualty vessel was secured in Castle Harbour at about three o’clock.

An RNLI member boarded the casualty ship to install a harness and get it ready for a tow. So that the ship would be free of the danger on the starboard side, the crew then set the lifeboat in place to rescue the boat from the rocks. The lifeboat towed the casualty vessel ashore so that lines could be secured even though the engine and propellers of the vessel seemed to be in good condition.

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