Roscommon Civil Defence came to the assistance of two cruisers on the River Shannon yesterday.
While out on routine boat training on the Shannon, the civil defence boat encountered a cruiser which needed assistance near Rooskey and another at the bridge in Tarmonbarry, which had nine people on board.
“Following a risk assessment conducted by our boat crew it was decided to remove the children and two female adults to the nearby pier temporarily,” the civil defence said. With the assistance of the lock keepers, who raised the bridge and reduced the flow of the river, the boat crew assisted in refloating the cruiser.
“Malin Head Coastguard Station were also kept up to date with the operation. Full personal protective equipment measures were in place including face shields and extra gloves,” the civil defence said.
“The year to date has seen an increase in boat activity on the Shannon with weekly calls for assistance requested. This weekend our neighbours in Leitrim were also activated to assist near Leitrim Village.”