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Family rescued after Lough Ree cruiser blown towards rocks in

By Donna Deeney

Five members of the same family have been rescued after getting into difficulties in the Republic of Ireland.

Lough Ree RNLI crew were called in after the family's 20ft motor cruiser was spotted drifting towards the rocky Nun's Island on the lough on Saturday afternoon.

The crew of The Eric Rowse launched within 10 minutes and made their way to the stranded family, who are from the area.

Their vessel had been blown near the north shore of Nun's Island and was at imminent risk of serious damage.

However, none of the five adults on board was injured.

Crew member Stan Bradbury told the Belfast Telegraph all five were quickly brought to safety.

He said: "The crew went alongside the casualty vessel and found that the occupants were uninjured but distressed, while one person on board was suffering from motion sickness due to the heavy swell.

"Lough Ree is 29km long and 12 km wide, so a sizeable swell can develop quickly, especially in a northerly or southerly breeze.

"We recommend that all lake users check the weather forecast and the wind direction when planning their journeys - fresh to strong wind conditions are forecast to continue for the next several days."

Lough Ree is the second largest lake on the River Shannon after Lough Derg.

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