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Two people rescued after boat ran aground at Lough Derg

The RNLI has urged people to take care on the water.

The Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat
The Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat
Image: RNLI/Lough Derg

THE RNLI HAS urged people to take care on the water after two people were rescued after their boat ran aground at Lough Derg last night.

It was the latest in a series of rescues on Irish waters yesterday.

The cruiser ran aground at the northern end of the lake just after 9pm last night and the RNLI lifeboat was called to help.

When the crew arrived on the scene, it found the two people safe and unharmed, and wearing lifejackets. The boat was checked for damaged and towed back to shore.

Peter Clarke, who was on the lifeboat rescue crew, praised the crew of the beleaguered boat for remaining calm and calling for assistance as soon as they recognised they had a problem.

He urged all boat users to “study their charts before setting out, and to stay within the navigation buoys on the lake”.

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It was at least the third rescue by RNLI lifeboats yesterday, as people took to the water around Ireland on a day of good weather.

A family of four, including two young children, were rescued after their boat sank off the Wicklow coast on Saturday afternoon, while two people were rescued in Cork after their boat capsized.

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