Lough Ree RNLI comes to the aid of stricken vessel

Lough Ree RNLI volunteer crews came to the aid of a stricken sail boat last weekend, bringing the number of such missions on the lake to 20 in the first part of 2022.

The crew of the Tara Scougall lifeboat, under helm Stan Bradbury alongside volunteer crew members, Liam Sheringam and Paul Kelly, reached the 28-foot vessel which had run aground on rocks at Beam Island last Saturday evening.

All three people on board were found to be safe and well and following an initial inspection, the boat was towed to safe waters before it continued under its own power.

So far this year, Lough Ree RNLI has assisted more than 50 people on Lough Ree and the River Shannon. As it celebrates its 10th anniversary, the charity has responded to almost 600 calls, assisting upwards of 1,300 people throughout the last decade.

Speaking this week, Lough Ree RNLI Operations Manager, Kevin Ganly, said: “As we move into the busiest part of the holiday season it is important that everybody who uses the lake is well prepared, has informed family and friends of their itinerary and follows the navigation guidance on the lake. As always, the charity’s volunteer crew will be on standby to respond whenever necessary”.