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Three rescued after boat runs aground in Fermanagh

Carrybridge RNLI assisted a boat with three people on board which had run aground close to Knockninny Marina

THREE people were brought to safety yesterday after their boat had run aground in Co Fermanagh.

Carrybridge RNLI inshore lifeboat and a rescue water craft were launched shortly after 4pm to assist a vessel in difficulty close to Knockninny Marina, Enniskillen.

An RNLI spokesman said: "The lifeboat and RWC arrived with the casualty vessel and once onboard assessed the vessel for water ingress and none was found.

"The volunteer crew successfully refloated the vessel and towed it to deeper water. The boat was again assessed for water ingress, and its propulsion and steering tested. The vessel was found to be okay."

The lifeboat and RWC escorted the vessel for a time as it made its onward journey.

Stephen Scott from Carrybridge RNLI said: "Boat users should be mindful of shallow sections of water and always keep to the main navigation channels.

"All water users should wear a lifejacket and always carry a means of communication for help."

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