Lough Ree RNLI responds to three call outs within two hours helping six people

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Lough Ree RNLI responded to three call out in two hours on Wednesday (12 August) helping to bring six people to safety.

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Lough Ree RNLI

The first call out occurred at 12.17pm when the volunteer crew were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat to assist three people whose motorboat had run aground on the Haxagon Shoal.

Conditions on the lake were good at the time with a flat calm sea and a hot sun.

Just as the crew had recovered their lifeboat, the Tara Scougall, they were requested by the Irish Coast Guard to assist a person whose motorboat had got stuck on the weir boom in Athlone town at 1.11pm.

The final call out at 2.18pm was to two people onboard a boat that was taking on water in Lanesboro.


Speaking following the call out, Lough Ree RNLI Helm Tom Bradbury said: ‘As we continue to enjoy some beautiful weather, we would remind everyone to always respect the water. Always wear a lifejacket, always carry a means of communication, and let someone know where you are going and when you are due back. If you get into difficulty on the water or see someone in trouble, you can contact the Coast Guard on VHF channel 16 or by dialling 999 or 112.

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