Two rescued after cruiser runs aground

 

Two people were rescued on Lough Derg yesterday after their cruise boat lost power and ran aground in gale force conditions.

The alarm was raised at about 3pm when onlookers on the shore reported seeing a person waving frantically from a boat close to Terryglass in Co Tipperary.

The Irish Coast Guard marine rescue co-ordination centre at Valentia Island, Co Kerry, issued a radio alert to other vessels on the lake requesting anyone in the area to go to the vessel’s assistance.

The Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was sent to the scene but was stood down following confirmation that the occupants had been taken to safety in Terryglass.

It is understood the company which operates the distressed cruiser sent a second vessel to the scene to assist.

The lake was said to be “enraged” yesterday, with winds gusting force eight.