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Enniskillen RNLI brings camping group to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Enniskillen RNLI were tasked to launch by Belfast Coastguard last night (Friday 19 July) at 10.23pm when a call came in from a group who were camping on an island on Lower Lough Erne.

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Enniskillen RNLI inshore lifeboat

When torrential rain hadn't eased off and the camping gear was swamped the volunteer crew were asked to locate them and bring them to safety as a few of the party were becoming extremely cold.

The crew onboard the charity’s inshore Atlantic 85 John and Jean Lewis left their base at the Lough Erne Yacht Club and proceeded north to Crevinishaughy Island. The weather at the time was described as light winds with torrential rain.

The eight people, six females and two males, and two dogs were located and taken on the lifeboat across the bay into Castle Archdale Marina where they decided to make their way home.

Rory Hoy, Helm for Enniskillen RNLI, said: ‘We located the party and in two runs we brought them all to the safety of the marina. We would like to remind anyone planning on such an activity to have a means of getting off the island as they had been dropped off for the night. Also have appropriate clothing for all eventualities and keep a close eye on the weather.’ He continued: ‘Before setting off home we encouraged them to seek dry clothing as they were all extremely wet and cold.’

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For information please contact Stephen Ingram Enniskillen RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Tel: 07725693373 email stepheningram69@hotmail.com or

Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 00 353 87 1254 124 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 00 353 87 6483547 email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk

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