Lough Ree RNLI called to assist 10 people as speedboat sinks in Athlone
At 9.44pm (Saturday 13 August) Lough Ree RNLI was tasked by the Irish Coast Guard to assist 10 people on board a speedboat in danger of sinking on the River Shannon near the M6 Bridge in Athlone, Co. Westmeath
Launched at 9.58pm under helm Kieran Sloyan the charity’s lifeboat with volunteer crew of Kieran Scullion, Patrick Walsh and Stewart McMickan reached the scene in six minutes. On arrival at the scene the crew found that the ten people on board had been transferred to another vessel while the speedboat had capsized and sank. Lough Ree RNLI lifeboat escorted the vessel with the ten casualties to Athlone Marina where all were found to be well.
This was the second ‘shout’ of the weekend for Lough Ree RNLI. On Friday last (12 August) the volunteer crew responded to a ‘Mayday’ call from a 50ft. cruiser with three people on board which was experiencing engine difficulties on the northern end of the lake. On arrival at the scene the stricken vessel was inspected and taken under tow to Lanesboro, Co. Longford.
The rescues this weekend brings to 29 the number of people assisted by Lough Ree RNLI this month.
Last weekend (Sunday 7 August) the volunteer crew responded to three separate incidents in the afternoon. Cruisers stranded on the Hexagon Shoal and Kings Island, with a total of five people on board, were towed to safe water. In a separate incident a boat with three people on board was towed to Lecarrow, Co. Roscommon having had engine difficulty.
Earlier this month the charities volunteer crews went to the assistance of boats in difficulty at the Hexagon Shoal, Bantry Bay and Inchmore Island which were escorted to safety.
Commenting on this busy period for the charity, Lough Ree RNLI Operations Manager Kevin Ganly said: ‘that while it is great to see so many people enjoying the wonderful amenity of the lake and river in this spell of warm weather it is important for all users to remember that lower water levels mean that previously hidden obstacles can now endanger people and craft using the waterway.’
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The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea and on inland waters. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around Ireland and the UK. The RNLI operates 46 lifeboat stations in Ireland. The RNLI is independent of government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, the charity has saved over 142,200 lives.
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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