Busy weekend for Lough Ree RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Lough Ree RNLI assisted 10 people in three separate call outs over the weekend.

Lough Ree RNLI Volunteers returning to the Station

RNLI/Sarah Bradbury

Lough Ree RNLI volunteers had a busy weekend with three launch requests in 36 hours to assist 10 people in three separate incidents.

On Saturday, (28 July) at 12.28pm, the Irish Coast Guard in Malin Head requested Lough Ree RNLI to launch to assist five people aboard two private vessels that had run aground east of Inchenagh Island to the north of Lough Ree. Conditions on the lake at the time were blustery force 4 wind with heavy rain showers and choppy waters. When the lifeboat crew arrived on scene, one vessel was still aground, while the second vessel, a barge with one person, had freed itself and did not require assistance. The first vessel had two adults and two children onboard and having determined all onboard were ok and the vessel was not taking on water the lifeboat crew members proceeded to tow the vessel into safe water where they were able to continue under their own power to Portrunny.

At 6pm on Saturday evening the lifeboat crew was requested to assist two people onboard a vessel that had run aground in Bantry Bay on the north eastern shore of Lough Ree. While enroute to provide assistance the Coast Guard advised the lifeboat volunteers that the casualty vessel had been in contact to say they had refloated, the Coast Guard requested the lifeboat crew continue to ensure that all was ok, which it was.

On Sunday, (29 July) at 5.05pm the lifeboat volunteers were once again called into action when two people onboard a vessel went around near Inch Cleraun on the western side of Lough Ree. Conditions on Sunday were slightly overcast with a force 2-3 breeze and a very slight chop on the water. The lifeboat crew were quickly on scene and having assessed the vessel for damage towed her into deeper waters and then established an alongside tow to bring her into Portrunny Harbour.

Speaking following the weekend, Lough Ree RNLI Volunteer Press Officer Sarah Bradbury said: ‘As we approach the August Bank Holiday Weekend, we would like to remind everyone to respect the water. When out on the water always wear your lifejacket and carry a means of communication, either a mobile phone or a VHF radio, so you can request assistance if needed.’


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For more information please contact Sarah Bradbury Lough Ree RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Tel: 087 1210658 email: sarahlpowell@yahoo.co.uk or Nuala McAloon RNLI Regional Media Officer Tel: 087 6483547 email: Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Regional Media Manager Tel: 087 1254 124 / 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.

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