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Lough Ree RNLI assist two people on board barge

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Lough Ree RNLI assist two people on a barge that had run aground in Hudson Bay.

Lough Ree RNLI on exercise

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Lough Ree RNLI on exercise

At 6.03pm yesterday (Monday,12 November) Lough Ree RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were tasked by the Irish Coast Guard in Malin Head to a barge, with two people on board, that had gone aground in Hudson Bay on the Roscommon shore of the lake. Conditions at the time were dark, with poor visibility and a south easterly force three breeze.

The volunteer crew on the station’s lifeboat The Eric Rowse were quickly on scene. Having established that the two people onboard were not injured, and the boat was undamaged, they safely brought the barge back to deeper waters and then guided them into Hudson Bay Harbour.

Speaking after returning to the Lifeboat Station, Stan Bradbury, Lough Ree RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Helm said ‘Water levels on Lough Ree are currently below their normal summer levels making navigation trickier than usual, especially in the dark’.

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