The volunteer lifeboat crew from Lough Ree RNLI was called to assist eight people last Wednesday afternoon, May 25, after their motor cruiser ran aground on a shoal north of Inch Turk on Lough Ree.
The crew was requested to launch the inshore lifeboat The Eric Rowse at 4.40pm on Wednesday following a report that a 48-foot cruiser with four women and four men aboard had run aground north of Inch Turk.
The lifeboat launched within minutes and made its way to the scene, where the crew assessed the situation. No one was in any immediate danger and there was no sign of damage to the boat. The lifeboat crew set up a towline and moved the vessel into safe water, where the engine was started and the steering was checked for damage. Under their own power, the group of holiday-makers then proceeded towards Hodson Bay.
Speaking following the call-out, Lough Ree RNLI Lifeboat operations manager, Damien Delaney, said: “Our lifeboat crew responded swiftly and were happy to assist and bring the vessel into safe water”.
Lough Ree RNLI are holding an open day at the lifeboat station at Coosan Point on Saturday, June 11, from 12 noon to 4pm. Meet the crew, tour the station, see the lifeboat, and join in the fun – face painting, colouring, games, goodies, and lots more. All are welcome.