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Lough Ree RNLI assist in search for suspected missing person

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Lough Ree RNLI assist in search for suspected missing person
03 June, 2019 08:52
Greetings,

This just in from L. Ree Lifeboat

Best Wishes,

Colin Becker
GMY Chang Sha
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Lough Ree RNLI Volunteers assisted in the reach of a suspected missing person who had become separated from the jet ski they were on.

Yesterday, 2 June 2019 at 7.05pm the Irish Coast Guard in Malin Head tasked Lough Ree RNLI together with Irish Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 118 and other agencies on Lough Ree including Athlone Sub Aqua Club, Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club and Roscommon Civil Defence to search for a person who had called for help after falling from their jet ski. The location of the casuality was unknown and conditions on the lake at the time were very rough with strong winds from the south west.

All agencies conducted an extensive surface and arial search for a number of hours with nothing to report. The Irish Coast Guard stood the search down at 10.30pm.

Speaking after the search was stood down, Lifeboat Operations Manager, Tony McCarth said: “If you are using the lake you should always carry a means of communication, either VHF radio or mobile phone and ensure if they are not waterproof that you have them in a water tight bag so you can call for help easily if and when needed.”
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Re: Lough Ree RNLI assist in search for suspected missing person
03 June, 2019 20:10
Quote:
Colin Becker
Greetings,
This just in from L. Ree Lifeboat

Best Wishes,

Colin Becker
GMY Chang Sha
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Lough Ree RNLI Volunteers assisted in the reach of a suspected missing person who had become separated from the jet ski they were on.

Yesterday, 2 June 2019 at 7.05pm the Irish Coast Guard in Malin Head tasked Lough Ree RNLI together with Irish Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 118 and other agencies on Lough Ree including Athlone Sub Aqua Club, Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club and Roscommon Civil Defence to search for a person who had called for help after falling from their jet ski. The location of the casuality was unknown and conditions on the lake at the time were very rough with strong winds from the south west.

All agencies conducted an extensive surface and arial search for a number of hours with nothing to report. The Irish Coast Guard stood the search down at 10.30pm.

Speaking after the search was stood down, Lifeboat Operations Manager, Tony McCarth said: “If you are using the lake you should always carry a means of communication, either VHF radio or mobile phone and ensure if they are not waterproof that you have them in a water tight bag so you can call for help easily if and when needed.”
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Tony McCarthy might have waited till the search/recovery was completed before making that statement.

Difficult to interpret the press release but it is open to the interpretation that the casualty made a distress call?

Presumably on his/her phone?
Re: Lough Ree RNLI assist in search for suspected missing person
03 June, 2019 20:38
Surely the jetski should have been located at least?? Sounds like the casualty made it back unaided and couldn't be bothered to notify anyone. Or am I missing something??

Tm53

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