|Posted on June 21, 2013 at 5:50 PM|
Lough Derg lifeboat. Photo: RNLI/Lough Derg
35 people have been rescued from Lough Derg after bad weather disrupted an international rowing event.
18 vessels with five people on each were racing on the Shannon from Dromineer to Killaloe. The boats were dispersed by heavy rain and wind and several were forced off course.
A major search and rescue effort was launched involving the Shannon Coast Guard helicopter, Lough Derg RNLI, Killaloe lifeboats, Limerick Search and Rescue, and the Civil Defence. Gardaí and the ambulance service were alerted, while units of the fire service from Killaloe and Scarriff were also mobilised.
Some 35 people were rescued from the water.15 rowers suffering from hypothermia were treated at the scene by paramedics No one required admittance to hospital.
There had been concerns about one of the participating boats which was subsequently located safely ashore along with its oars and equipment.
The operation has now been stood down with all persons accounted for.