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Lough Ree RNLI launch to two people aground on 30 foot motor cruiser

Lifeboats News Release

Lough Ree RNLI volunteers helped two people whose boat had run around near Quaker Island in the North West of Lough Ree.

At 8.35pm last night, 6 August 2018, Lough Ree RNLI were tasked by Malin Head Coast Guard to assist two people aboard a 30 ft motor cruiser that had run around near Quaker Island. Conditions on the lake at the time were smooth with a gentle force two southerly breeze.

The lifeboat crew were alongside the casualty vessel at 9.15pm. Having ensured the two people on board were uninjured, one of the lifeboat crew members assessed the casualty vessel to ensure she wasn’t taking on water and see if any damage had been done to the boat. They had lost steering power, so the lifeboat crew towed the boat off the rocks and into deeper water where they switched to an alongside tow to bring the two people and their boat back to Lanesboro.

Speaking this morning, Lough Ree RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Tony McCarth said ‘Always wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid and carry a means of calling for help.’ For more useful tips and information please visit


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For more information please contact Sarah Bradbury Lough Ree RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Tel: 087 1210658 email: or Nuala McAloon RNLI Regional Media Officer Tel: 087 6483547 email: or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Regional Media Manager Tel: 087 1254 124 / 01 8900 460 email

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