The spring months have been a busy time for the Irish Red Cross Corrib Mask Rescue team, with lake and river call-outs in the Galway region. Spring’s stormy weather has created difficult conditions for many people.

In February, the team rescued two people near Oughterard who were caught out in a storm.  Whilst  April saw two lost anglers rescued on Lough Corrib, as well as a couple whose speed boat was blown onto rocks following engine trouble.  The volunteer lifeboat team also assisted local authorities in a search operation for a missing girl feared gone in the river in Galway.

Sadly, on May 19th , the team recovered a body following a call from the Coast Guard for all members to respond to reports of a man having entered a lake near Headford in county Galway.  The Corrib Mask Rescue team offer their condolences to the man’s family and loved ones, “Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time”.


With the June Bank Holiday set to be sunny and hot, lakes and bathing spots are likely to be packed with families enjoying the sun.  If you are planning to go swimming, in Ireland or while away on holiday, take steps to stay safe: