On Monday morning of this week Lough Ree RNLI Lifeboat volunteers were tasked by the Irish Coast Guard in Malin Head to come to the assistance of one person on board a 70 foot motorboat which had taken on a lot of water overnight in Athlone Town Marina.
Upon arrival at the scene, RNLI lifeboat volunteers on board the Inshore Lifeboat The Eric Rowse and other lifeboat volunteers, who had made their way to the scene by road, worked together with members of Athlone Fire Service to pump out the water and make the boat ready to be accompanied by the lifeboat to a marina for a detailed examination to find the source of the water.
Speaking after the call out, volunteer RNLI Lifeboat Helm, Stan Bradbury commented, “the lifeboat volunteers and Athlone Fire Service members worked quickly in securing the boat this morning. We hope to see the gentleman we helped today cruising the Shannon very soon. We would like to remind anyone using the Shannon that there is currently a very strong flow which can make boat handling trickier at times, always respect the water.”