For emergencies on Lough Neagh and it’s tributary rivers call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Callout 647

HM Coastguard tasked LNR lifeboats @ 16:55 to a 25 ft leisure craft with 2 persons on board that had run aground at the entrance to the River Bann (Foot).

Our lifeboats quickly launched and proceeded to the area.

Due to the low water and high northerly wind a lee shore rescue was implemented and executed with one crew member staying with the casualty vessel. A tow line was connected to the vessel (with the consent of the skipper) and the lifeboat was able to bring the casualty vessel into deeper water and back into the river. When the casualty vessel was in sheltered waters and it was deemed safe, tow line was disconnected and the lifeboat escorted the vessel to the jetty on the Charlestown side of the river.

The vessel was then handed into the care of our colleagues from Maritime Coastguard Agency who were waiting to assist.

Lifeboats returned to base and made ready for the next tasking.