During the eight.46pm, Sunday April 17, Valentia Coast-guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat so you’re able to discharge in order to assist a lone skipper to your 30ft cruiser aground, to the Purple Isle towards south-west County Clare shore. New wind try south-southwest, Force 3/cuatro. Visibility are an excellent however, dropped on 8.36pm that have sundown.
On 8.03pm Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat Jean Spier introduced which have helm Eleanor Hooker, Owen Cavanagh, Joe O’Donoghue and you will Ciara Moylan onboard. During the 8.18pm the brand new lifeboat met with the casualty vessel coming soon; it actually was discovered into the Purple Area, northern away from Holy Isle. Familiar with a long shoal inside Red-colored Isle an enthusiastic RNLI volunteer grabbed soundings from the bow and you can, playing with up to speed electronic routing, team plotted a secure course toward casualty vessel.
On 8.21pm RNLI crew noted your skipper to the casualty boat is actually signaling that have a white, waving and you can getting in touch with in it. Incapable of make out what he had been saying, the fresh lifeboat expected Valentia Coast-guard into skipper’s mobile amount and you can entitled him. An enthusiastic RNLI voluntary reassured the latest skipper that the lifeboat is actually upcoming to help and though they searched the brand new lifeboat try taking a great path off your, the fresh new lifeboat was indeed after the a safe route manageable to show to their venue risk-free regarding grounding.