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

Callout 775

Lifeboats and shore crew were tasked at 19:48 to search for a vessel that had lost steering on the River Bann. As information was limited at the time of the tasking, lifeboats and shore crew launched and searched both the Lower and Upper River Bann, North and South of the lough.

Our crew located the casualty vessel with 2 persons onboard on the Lower River Bann at the North end of the Lough. Crew were able to come alongside, secure a side tow and bring the vessel from the position on the river to the jetty at the lock gate. The vessel was temporarily tied up so the crew could inspect the vessel further and in doing so were able to assist by getting the steering issue resolved. 

With steering and propulsion checked a crew member then remained onboard the casualty vessel whist the lifeboat escorted it from the River Bann to its mooring in Ballyronan marina. 

When the casualty vessel was safely moored to the jetty in Ballyronan our crews stood down and returned to base where they were made ready for the next tasking.