Boat users warned about low levels on Lough Ree

Low water levels are being linked to a rescue on a barge that ran aground in Hodson Bay yesterday.

Last night at just after 6pm, Lough Ree RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were tasked by the Irish Coast Guard in Malin Head to a barge, with two people onboard, that had gone aground in Hodson Bay on the Roscommon shore of the lake.

Conditions at the time were described as dark, with poor visibility and a south easterly force three breeze. When the RNLI crew arrived, the barge was occupied by two people, but both were unharmed and the vessel was also not damaged.

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The barge was brought to deeper water where it was re-floated and guided into Hodson Bay.

The head of the Lough Ree RNLI has warned boat users on the Lough that Water levels are currently below their normal summer levels making navigation trickier than usual, especially in the dark’.