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04/28/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/28/2018 11:53

Lough Ree RNLI responds to an early morning call out

Lough Ree RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew conducted a search of the River Shannon after a report of someone possibly entering the water.

At 5.14am this morning (Saturday, 28 April), Lough Ree RNLI was alerted by the Irish Coast Guard, after a report from a member of the public, to the possibility of someone entering the River Shannon in Athlone town.

The volunteer crew of lifeboat, The Eric Rowse were quick to respond and were soon conducting a search above and below the weir in the centre of Athlone town. Conditions were very calm as dawn turned into clear bright morning.

After searching a large area of the river and with regular communication with the Irish Coast Guard in Malin Head, the decision was made to stand down the search at 6.54am and the crew returned to the Station.

Speaking after today's call out volunteer Lough Ree RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Tony McCarth said 'if you suspect you have seen someone fall into the river, throw one of the many life-rings that are along the river banks to them with the end of the safety rope secured so doesn't end up in the river too, then pull them back to the shore and call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard'.

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For more information please contact Sarah Bradbury Lough Ree RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Tel: 087 1210658 email: [email protected] or Nuala McAloon RNLI Regional Media Officer Tel: 087 6483547 email: [email protected] or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Regional Media Manager Tel: 087 1254 124 / 01 8900 460 email [email protected]

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland