First ever launch from new Lough Ree RNLI lifeboat station

Lifeboats News Release

On Friday last (1 April), the volunteer crew at Lough Ree RNLI performed the first ever launch of the charity’s lifeboat Tara Scougall, from it’s newly commissioned lifeboat station at Coosan Point, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

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Launched just before 5pm, the lifeboat and volunteer crew were requested by the Irish Coast Guard to go the aid of a 30ft cruiser with two people onboard which needed navigational assistance on the lake close to King’s Island.
Under helm Stewart McMicken, the lifeboat crew re-orientated the stricken vessel which continued under it’s own power.

Following the safe return of the lifeboat and volunteer crew from Lough Ree RNLI, station mechanic Bernie Larkin thanked all of the crew who responded on the day and said: ‘The first launch from the new station is an historic moment for Lough Ree RNLI, it was a textbook launch and recovery from the new facility.'

The new station, built on a site donated by the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland at a cost of €1.2m was commissioned by Lough Ree RNLI last month and will be officially opened at a special ceremony in June.

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At the first lifeboat launch from new Lough Ree RNLI lifeboat station – foreground; Bernie Larkin, Kieran Sloyan and Matt Harte, in lifeboat, Liam Sheringham, Stewart McMickan & Emmet Devereux.

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