Lough Ree RNLI responds to an early morning call out

Lifeboats News Release

Lough Ree RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew conducted a search of the River Shannon after a report of someone possibly entering the water.

Lough Ree RNLI on exercise

RNLI/Lough Ree

Lough Ree RNLI on exercise

At 5.14am this morning (Saturday, 28 April), Lough Ree RNLI was alerted by the Irish Coast Guard, after a report from a member of the public, to the possibility of someone entering the River Shannon in Athlone town.

The volunteer crew of lifeboat, The Eric Rowse were quick to respond and were soon conducting a search above and below the weir in the centre of Athlone town. Conditions were very calm as dawn turned into clear bright morning.

After searching a large area of the river and with regular communication with the Irish Coast Guard in Malin Head, the decision was made to stand down the search at 6.54am and the crew returned to the Station.

Speaking after today’s call out volunteer Lough Ree RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Tony McCarth said ‘if you suspect you have seen someone fall into the river, throw one of the many life-rings that are along the river banks to them with the end of the safety rope secured so doesn’t end up in the river too, then pull them back to the shore and call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard’.


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