Four people rescued following RNLI operation in Offaly

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Four people rescued following RNLI operation in Offaly

Four people rescued following RNLI operation in Offaly

Four people were rescued and brought to safety in Offaly following an RNLI operation on the Shannon at the weekend.

The Lough Derg RNLI were called to the scene after a 28ft boat ran aground having taken a wrong turn above Victoria Lock on the River River at 12.50pm on Sunday, September 9.

The lifeboat arrived on scene at approximately 2.10pm and approached with caution due to shallow waters. The people on board the casualy vessel were safe and unharmed, but did not have lifejackets on board, the RNLI said.

The lifeboat supplied casualty lifejackets and asked all but the skipper to remain below. The vessel had sustained damage to its propellers.

With an RNLI crew member on board, the lifeboat took the casualty vessel under tow and made way back to the main navigation channel.

The lifeboat towed the vessel to Shamrock Marina at Banagher, the closest safe harbour and where the vessel had a mooring. At 4pm it was safely tied alongside.

The lifeboat returned to Station and was ready for service again at 5.15pm.

Peter Kennedy, Deputy Launching Authority at Lough Derg Lifeboat Station, advises boat owners to "carry lifejackets on board, sufficient for every passenger."

He also advises boat users to "carry up to date charts and familiarise yourselves with the buoyage on the Shannon."