Lough Ree RNLI on emergency duty as vessel runs aground

Lough Ree RNLI volunteers were called into emergency action as they responded to a call out to four people whose 37 foot boat had become grounded on the Longford shore.

The Lough Ree RNLI were requested by the Irish Coast Guard in Malin Head to go to the assistance of a quartet in need after their vessel had run aground to the north of Priest Island in the north of Lough Ree.

When they arrived on scene the crew members found the boat in deep water at the stern, while the bow was out of the water. Having checked that all on board were uninjured and that the boat was undamaged the Inshore Lifeboat crew attempted to tow the boat into deeper water. Unfortunately they were unable to do so. Lifeboat Helm Stan Bradbury spoke directly to the hire boat company involved, who were sending further assistance.

Speaking after the call out Volunteer Lifeboat Helm Stan Bradbury said, “it’s important to remain aware of your surrounds when out on the lake and how close to the shore you may be. We would also like to extend our thanks to the lady who contacted the Coast Guard and remained on scene until our volunteers arrived.”

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