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Lough Ree RNLI launch to a person seeking refuge from Storm Diana

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers from Lough Ree RNLI launched during Storm Diana to assist one person near St Johns Wood.

RNLI/Liam Sherringham

At 10.35 this morning (Wednesday, 28 November 2018), Lough Ree RNLI volunteers were contacted by a gentleman onboard a boat, who had sought refuge the previous evening, due to failing light at the floating jetty, off the shore of St John’s Wood on the Roscommon side of Lough Ree.

Due to worsening conditions overnight and this morning he requested the lifeboat's assistance. The inshore lifeboat, The Eric Rowse was launched at 10.48am and the crew made their way to the scene. Conditions on the lake were extremely rough with Storm Diana in full strength. Winds were storm force 8 from the south with 2m waves, making for a very bumpy trip up the lake.

Upon arrival on scene, the crew found the casualty to be uninjured, wearing his lifejacket and wet weather clothing and in good form. Having ensured the casualty vessel was well secured, the gentleman was brought onto The Eric Rowse and brought back to the Station in Coosan Point.

Speaking after the call out Tom Bradbury, Lough Ree RNLI Helm said: ‘Conditions can change on the lake very quickly, especially at this time of year. This gentleman did exactly as we advise, when light started failing last night he sought a suitable mooring for the night and when he awoke to worsening conditions this morning he requested assistance. We would always advise people using the lake to check the weather forecast before heading out on the water and to always wear a lifejacket’.

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