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Flares fired from field in Irish rescue

RNLI Lough Ree pic

An RNLI crew in Ireland fired flares from a field at night to help locate a couple in a stranded cruiser.

Lough Ree RNLI rescued a man and woman from the grounded 40ft steel cruiser in Carrownure Bay, on the Roscommon shore, in a three-hour search.

The Irish Coast Guard alerted the volunteer lifeboat crew to assist early one morning in August after the cruiser lost power and drifted between Lecarrow and Athlone.

There was a moderate, southerly force two to three breeze with thick cloud cover and frequent heavy showers.

The lifeboat crew set off flares to narrow the search field. The couple on board the vessel was in touch with the lifeboat station via telephone to let them know if they could see the flares.

The Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 118 from Sligo join the search operation and the two people told the lifeboat station they could see the helicopter through tree cover.

The lifeboat crew located the vessel in treacherous rocky waters in Carrownure Bay on the Roscommon shore. The two people, tired but uninjured were taken to Hudson Bay.

Stan Bradbury, Lough Ree RNLI Volunteer Helm, says, “We were delighted to have a positive outcome from our search efforts last night and to be able to bring the two people to safety. As peak season continues on Lough Ree we would like to remind all users of the lough to respect the water.”

The image is courtesy of the RNLI.

Aug 22, 2017