Lough Ree RNLI assist 17 people over the Easter holidays
From Good Friday (15 April) until the weekend just passed, the volunteer crew at Lough Ree RNLI came to the assistance of 17 people who encountered difficulties on and around the lake.
Four of the call outs were to cruisers which had run aground on shoals and rocks in lower Lough Ree.
On the afternoon of Good Friday (15 April) the RNLI lifeboat was tasked to the assistance of a cruiser with five people onboard which had run aground at the Hexagon Shoal near Hare Island. On Easter Monday (18 April) just after midday, the Irish Coast Guard requested the charity’s volunteer crew to assist a 40ft cruiser with five people onboard which had run aground in the same area. Easter Tuesday evening (19 April) just before 9pm saw the RNLI lifeboat Tara Scougall, and her crew back north of Hare Island to rescue two people onboard a stranded 30ft cruiser.
After inspection all three vessels were towed to safety at Coosan Point.
On Saturday last (23 April) at 11.35am under helm Liam Sheringham, the Lough Ree RNLI volunteer crew were called to assist a cruiser with four people onboard which had run aground north of Yew Point. When the lifeboat reached the scene at Hodson Bay one crew member was put onboard the stricken vessel to conduct an examination. Following inspection the vessel was taken under tow to Coosan Point.
As the Lough Ree RNLI shore crew were on their way to assist the recovered vessel moor at Coosan jetty they were called to assist a member of the public who had taken a fall in the Coosan Point amenity area. The casualty recovered following first aid treatment by the volunteer shore crew at the scene and follow-up care at the lifeboat station.
In recent days the Lough Ree RNLI lifeboat crew has been engaged in recovery and towing training. Kevin Ganly, the station's volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘While Lough Ree RNLI is always trained, prepared and ready to respond to any emergency at any time, I would encourage those using cruisers on the lake to adhere to all navigation guidelines and be aware of hazards that may lie just beneath to surface of the water.
'Ahead of the May Bank Holiday weekend all who use the lake are encouraged to be mindful of taking all the relevant safety precautions.'
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.
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