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Lough Ree RNLI tow 48-foot motor cruiser with eight people onboard off rocks

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer lifeboat crew from Lough Ree RNLI were called to assist eight people last Wednesday afternoon (25 May) after their motor cruiser ran aground on a shoal north of Inch Turk on Lough Ree.

The crew was requested to launch the inshore lifeboat Eric Rowse at 4.40pm on Wednesday following a report that a 48-foot cruiser with four women and four men aboard had run aground north of Inch Turk.

Weather conditions at the time were described as bright with a northerly Force 2 gentle breeze and calm waters.

The lifeboat launched within minutes and made its way to the scene, where the crew assessed the situation. No one was in any immediate danger and there was no sign of damage to the boat. The lifeboat crew set up a towline and moved the vessel into safe water, where the engine was started and the steering was checked for damage. Under their own power, the group of holiday-makers then proceeded towards Hodson Bay.

Speaking following the call out, Damien Delaney, Lough Ree RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘Our lifeboat crew responded swiftly and were happy to assist and bring the vessel into safe water.’

Lough Ree RNLI are holding an Open Day at the Lifeboat Station at Coosan Point on Saturday 11 June from 12 noon to 4pm. Meet the crew, tour the station, see the lifeboat and join in the fun – face painting, colouring, games, goodies and lots more. All welcome.


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For more information please contact Sarah Groarke Lough Ree RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer on 086 8075253 or email or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Ireland on 0876483547 or email or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Ireland on 0871254124 or 018900460 or email

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