Lough Ree RNLI rescues six people on 46ft cruiser east of Hodson Bay
Lough Ree RNLI's volunteer crew this afternoon (Monday 12 July) responded to a call to assist a lake cruiser with six people onboard which had run aground west of Beam Island close to the County Roscommon shoreline.
Under helm Kieran Sloyan and with crew Liam Sheringham and Donal Herraghty onboard the Lough Ree RNLI volunteer lifeboat ‘Tara Scougall’ launched shortly after midday and quickly reached the scene east of Hodson Bay. The 46ft cruiser with six people onboard had become grounded on rocks west of Beam Island. Having completed an initial assessment, the RNLI lifeboat crew towed the vessel off the rocks and following safety checks to cruiser continued under its own power.
This brings to 14 the number of people rescued by Lough Ree RNLI in the past five days. Late last week (Friday 9 July) a cruiser with five people on board was towed off the Hexagon Shoal, north of Hare Island. On the way back from this call-out the volunteer lifeboat crew were diverted to assist a cruiser with two people on board which had suffered engine failure, it was taken under tow to a berth at Portrunny.
On the previous evening (Thursday 8 July) Lough Ree RNLI was called to assist a 17ft fishing boat with one person on board which had broken down near Lough Ree Yacht Club, the boat was safely towed to Coosan Point.
Following a busy weekend Lough Ree RNLI treasurer Vincent Rafter thanked ‘all members of the public, businesses around the lake and the lake community for the ongoing support of the charity as work nears completion on a new €1.2m boathouse at Coosan Point which will greatly enhance the service which Lough Ree RNLI currently provides.’
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.