18 Aug 2022

Lough Ree RNLI respond after boat runs aground on Longford shore

Lough Ree RNLI respond after boat runs aground on Longford shore

Lough Ree RNLI respond after boat runs aground on Longford shore. Photo: Emmet Deveraux, Lough Ree RNLI Volunteer Crew

Lough Ree RNLI volunteers responded to a call out where a 37 foot boat, with four people on board, had become grounded on the Longford shore.  

At 12.17pm on Wednesday, August 19, the Irish Coast Guard in Malin Head requested Lough Ree RNLI to go to the assistance of four people whose 37 foot boat had run aground on the Longford shore, 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. 

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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.

Mr 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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