Lough Ree RNLI cautions safety on the water over the Easter break

Lifeboats News Release

Lough Ree RNLI is urging the public using the river Shannon and Lough Ree to be safety conscious as they make the seasonal return to the waterway this weekend.

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Lough Ree RNLI

The volunteer crew at Lough Ree RNLI has, in line with Covid-19 protocols, returned to the water for training this month and are ready for the new season on the water.

With the combination of Easter holidays, a possible extension in travel limits and the hope for better weather over the next few weeks, it’s expected that Lough Ree and the River Shannon will attract large numbers of local visitors both on and off the water.

Jude Kilmartin, Lough Ree RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘We are asking everyone planning on taking to the water over the holiday period to refresh their safety procedures, check that all safety equipment is in working order and remember never to go on the lake or river without lifejackets’

The volunteer crew of Lough Ree RNLI looks forward to working with the local community and serving those in Longford, Westmeath and Roscommon who avail of the local amenities over Easter.

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For more information please telephone Tom McGuire, Lough Ree RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0872470245 or email mcguiret01@gmail.com or contact 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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