Lough Ree RNLI rescue seven people on board stranded boats over holiday weekend.
Lough Ree RNLI lifeboat crews came to the assistance of two cruisers on the lake this weekend, taking seven people to safety.
Just after lunchtime on Saturday (5 June) the Lough Ree RNLI volunteer crew responded to a call from a cruiser with five people on board which was grounded on Kids Island near Lough Ree Yacht Club. On reaching the scene a line was attached to the grounded cruiser and it was taken on tow off the rocks and escorted to Coosan Point.
In the second incident, on Sunday evening (6 June) a member of the public raised the alarm when a cruiser was seen to be in difficulties in Portrunny Bay. Under helm Tom Bradbury the Lough Ree RNLI lifeboat ‘Tara Scougall’ with a volunteer crew on board reached the scene at 6.35pm and following assessment the boat was towed off the rocks and escorted to Portrunny on the Roscommon shore.
In the first week of June the charity has come to the assistance of eleven people in difficulty on Lough Ree and as the summer season gains momentum volunteer lifeboat operations manager Jude Kilmartin has reminded all of those who use the lake to ‘equip themselves fully and ensure that they are familiar with navigation maps and guidance for Lough Ree.’ He also said that ‘the volunteer crew at Lough Ree RNLI are always on call to assist those in difficulty and asked that they call emergency services at the earliest opportunity.’
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.