Last week, Lough Ree RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew assisted a total of 25 people on stranded cruisers with 11 people rescued from one cruiser alone last Friday.
The charity lifeboat responded to a call from the Irish Coast Guard at 8.30 am on Friday morning last. Under helm, Emmet Devereux, the crew reached the stricken vessel which had run aground north of Inch Turk Island. The cruiser was towed to safe water with eleven people on board.
On Sunday, June 27th the crew had rescued four people from a cruiser which had been stranded on the Hexagon Shoal near Hare Island.
On Tuesday, June 29th, the Lough Ree lifeboat ‘Tara Scougall’ came to the aid of nine people on board a vessel which had run aground just off Hare Island.
Minutes later, the crew was back on the water, this time coming to the assistance of a 34-foot cruiser which had lost power off Carberry Island.
Following eighteen call-outs so far this summer period, Lough Ree RNLI Operations Manager, Jude Kilmartin, has advised boat users to “be aware of the falling water levels on the lake which has made rock shoals on the lake more dangerous. The best advice is to always remain within the navigation markers”.