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Lough Ree RNLI rescue four tourists from a boat stuck on rocks

Lifeboats News Release

Four people were assisted by Lough Ree RNLI volunteers when their boat got stuck on rocks on Wednesday last (6 June).

RNLI/Sarah Bradbury

At 11am, Lough Ree RNLI's inshore lifeboat crew were requested to launch by the Irish Coast Guard in Malin Head to go to the assistance of four people whose boat had got stuck on Slate Rock near Yew Point, north of Hudson Bay on the Roscommon shore of Lough Ree.

Conditions were calm with a gentle south easterly breeze.

The inshore lifeboat, the Eric Rowse with helm Stan Bradbury, and crew members Liam Sherringham and Kieran Scullion onboard were quickly on the scene and checked that everyone on the boat was ok and the boat was not taking on water before getting ready to try to tow the boat off the rocks.

After several unsuccessful attempts to remove the boat from the rocks, it was decided to bring the four people onboard to Hudson Bay before returning to the lifeboat station.

Speaking after the call out, Tony McCarth, Lough Ree RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: ‘As the lovely weather continues we would like to remind anyone heading out on the lake to wear a lifejacket. If you are not sure if your lifejacket is suitable for use, please contact us and we can arrange for a member of our Community Lifesaving Team to assess it for you'.

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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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