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Illuminating flares help locate speed boat in darkness

Lough Ree

An Irish lifeboat crew lit illuminating flares to locate a broken-down vessel late one night in June.

Lough Ree RNLI assisted three people, after their boat broke down at the north end of Lough Ree.

The volunteer crew was asked by the Irish Coast Guard in Malin Head to assist a man and two women onboard a speed boat to the north of Lough Ree, near Inch McDermott and Ferinch Islands.

Matt Harte, Lough Ree RNLI Deputy Launching Authority and shore crew Eamon Flynn and Denis Buckley prepared the inshore lifeboat, The Eric Rowse, for launch with helm Stan Bradbury and crew Kieran Scullion and Tony Diskin onboard.

The force 2-3 wind with heavy cloud cover made it challenging for the lifeboat crew to locate the casualty vessel, so they lit two illumination flares. The three onboard lit a small fire to further help the lifeboat crew locate them on a rocky outcrop to the western side of Ferinch Island.

All three aboard the vessel were uninjured and were taken into a nearby harbour.

Stan Bradbury, Lough Ree RNLI Helm says, ‘We were delighted to be of assistance last night and would remind anyone planning a trip on the lake to always carry a means of calling or signalling for help. This becomes even more important at night or when visibility is reduced.’

The image is courtesy of Lough Ree RNLI.
Jul 12, 2017