In the first incident, a boat had become grounded on a rock shelf, west of Inchmore Island. The Lough Ree RNLI lifeboat, ‘Tara Scougall’, was launched and reached the scene just before midday. The stricken 17-foot cruiser was found grounded and on inspection the engine of the boat was in need of repair.
The Lough Ree RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew took the boat under tow and brought it safely to a berth at Coosan Point marina.
Later on Saturday, just before 6 pm, the lifeboat was back in the water with another volunteer crew coming to the assistance of a 34-foot cruiser, which had run aground at Kid Island on the lake. Under RNLI volunteer helm, Emmet Devereux, the craft was refloated and continued on its way.
Tom Bradbury, one of the helms at Lough Ree RNLI said: “Following unusual weather patterns, obstacles on the lake can be hidden in rising waters. Boating enthusiasts are reminded of the importance of navigating within the marker buoys on the lake”.
As a new season on the lake begins in earnest, Lough Ree RNLI Operations Manager, Jude Kilmartin said the charity looks forward to working closely with locals and visitors to our inland waterways.