Five people were rescued from a cruiser that caught fire yesterday off Portumna.
The Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was launched at about 12.15 yesterday afternoon to assist those on board the 38ft cruiser on fire by Castle Harbour, Portumna, at the most northern end of Lough Derg.
The Coast Guard Rescue 115 helicopter based at Shannon also attended, along with the Killaloe Coast Guard Search & Rescue boat, and firefighters from Portumna Fire Service.
When the Lough Derg lifeboat arrived at the scene, firefighters were working to extinguish the blaze.
The skipper was safe on a local boat nearby, while the other four passengers had been safely evacuated and were attended to by an ambulance crew at Castle Harbour.
Firefighters managed to put out the main fire by about 1.30, but the vessel was still smouldering and billowing smoke.
The anchor line had burned and the cruiser was drifting into a main navigation channel.
The vessel was later relocated to Carrigahorig Bay where fire fighters continued to pump water and foam, to ensure the fire was fully extinguished.