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PSNI Announces G8 Marine Plan for Lough Erne

25th April 2013
PSNI Announces G8 Marine Plan for Lough Erne

As part of Waterways Ireland role in preparing to deliver a safe G8 event for everyone, planning has been taking place to police Lough Erne.

This will involve implementing a marine plan, the aim of which is to deliver a safe and secure G8 while minimising disruption to users of the Lough.

A significant police operation will be in place in the lead up to and during the G8 Summit on 17th and 18th June.

Meeting the ongoing needs of our community has been a key consideration and we have been working to reduce any potential inconvenience caused to users of Lough Erne.

There will be a closure of Lower Lough Erne from the Lock Gates at Portora to an area north of the Venue adjacent to Ross Point. During the closure, no form of boat or vessel movement will be permitted within the closure zone, however shoreline activity such as land based fishing will be permitted. There will be stand off markers in place in advance of each closure.

These are to help safeguard lough users and to protect them from damage or injury. It is important they everyone using the lough heeds these safety markers Please be assured that every effort will be made to keep this closure as short as possible. It is currently planned that it will commence at lunch time on Sunday (June 16th) and end on Tuesday night (June 18th).

However this may change a little for operational reasons. Emergencies requiring the deployment of rescue vessels such as the RNLI will be facilitated. Police will be patrolling both closure points and will help those who need help or further guidance.

Local Police have met with local groups to discuss the plans and have been working with partner organisations during the planning phase

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