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Lough Ree RNLI assist in searching for suspected missing person

Lifeboats News Release

Lough Ree RNLI Volunteers assisted in the search of a suspected missing person who had become separated from the jet ski they were on.

RNLI/Sarah Bradbury

The Eric Rowse on Lough Ree

Yesterday (Sunday 2 June 2019) at 7.05 pm the Irish Coast Guard in Malin Head tasked Lough Ree RNLI together with Irish Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 118 and other agencies on Lough Ree including Athlone Sub Aqua Club, Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club and Roscommon Civil Defence to search for a person who had called for help after falling from their jet ski. The location of the casualty was unknown and conditions on the lake at the time were choppy with strong winds from the south west.

All agencies conducted an extensive surface and arial search for a number of hours with nothing to report. The Irish Coast Guard stood the search down at 10.30pm.

Speaking after the search was stood down, Lough Ree Lifeboat Operations Manager, Tony McCarth said: 'If you are using the lake you should always carry a means of communication, either VHF radio or mobile phone and ensure if they are not waterproof that you have them in a water tight bag so you can call for help easily if and when needed.'

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For more information please telephone Sarah Bradbury, Lough Ree RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 087 121 0658 or sarahlpowell@yahoo.co.uk or Nuala McAloon, Regional Media Officer on 0876483547 or Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson, Regional Media Manager on 0871254124 or Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

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