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Lough Ree RNLI assist 30 people over six days

Lifeboats News Release

Lough Ree RNLI crew assisted 30 people aboard seven vessels during an exceptionally busy few days for the volunteers last week.

RNLI/Lough Ree

The crew of Lough Ree lifeboat The Eric Rowse had an early start last Sunday (2 July) when they were dispatched to assist two people on board a motor cruiser aground west of Inch McDermott on Lough Ree at 5.40 am.

Over the course of the day, the lifeboat crew diverted from the RNLI Athlone River Festival several times to assist a further 16 people and three vessels experiencing various difficulties including running aground, engine failure and running out of fuel.

Weather conditions on Sunday were described as dry and sunny with light winds.

The lifeboat was called out again on Tuesday (4 July), Thursday (6 July) and Friday (7 July) to assist a further 12 people aboard three motor cruisers in difficulty.

In all cases, the people on board were uninjured and were brought to safety by the lifeboat volunteers.

Speaking on Friday, Lough Ree RNLI Deputy Launching Authority Billy Henshaw said: ‘This is the busiest time of year on the lake, and it is great to see so many people enjoying all that Lough Ree has to offer. We would like to remind all users of the lake to ensure they stay SAFE - Spot the dangers, take Advice, inform a Friend of your plans and know what to do in an Emergency. It is also important to remain aware of where you are in relation to navigation markers.’


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