Search for missing yacht yields nothing – is it just a hoax?

A major search was mounted on Lough Derg on Saturday night after a distress call was heard on the marine emergency radio channel.

The alarm was raised at around 8.15pm when staff at the Irish Coast Guard marine rescue coordination centre on Valentia Island in Kerry picked up a call on the VHF radio channel.

While the communication was broken up and difficult to understand, the caller reported that his vessel was lost and adrift on Lough Derg. Later, Irish Coast Guard staff picked up a second distress call.

The caller gave a detailed description of the vessel including it’s sail number. The caller claimed they had left Garrykennedy on the Tipperary shore and had headed south for about 10km.

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