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A major search operation was launched in Sunday afternoon after an incident involving a personal watercraft in Muckross Bay.
One man was rescued after swimming to shore but a second had disappeared.
Searches continued into Monday, with the PSNI confirming the body of a man was recovered from the lough later in the day.
“It would appear that what had started out as an exciting afternoon on a jet ski unfortunately has now ended with a fatality,” said Ulster Unionist MLA Rosemary Barton.
The Belfast Telegraph has more on the story HERE.
#Missing - The PSNI and emergency services launched a major search operation yesterday afternoon (Sunday 9 September) when a man was reported missing after an incident with a personal watercraft on Lower Lough Erne.
According to RTÉ News, one man was rescued after swimming to the shore following the incident in Muckross Bay around 5.30pm.
An RNLI spokesperson said the search for the second individual is ongoing, and involves the PSNI boat and the Irish Coast Guard’s Rescue 118 helicopter from Sligo as well as fire and mountain rescue services.
Elsewhere, The Irish Times reports that a 12-year-old boy was rescued after falling on rocks at Bullock Harbour in Dalkey yesterday afternoon. The child, with a suspected ankle injury, was airlifted to hospital by the Dublin-based coastguard helicopter.
The PSNI recovered the woman and a man from the waters of Lower Lough Erne after reports that they had fallen in near their boat mooring at the Round O jetty.
Both were transferred to South West Acute Hospital for treatment but the woman, aged 49, was pronounced dead shortly after. A post-mortem is expected.
The Sunday Life has more on the story HERE.
The volunteer lifeboat crew at Kilrush were returning from their weekly training exercise at 8.45pm when they were requested to go in search of a vessel that had lost its moorings at Tarbert pier.
After relaying the situation to the Coast Guard at Valentia and getting permission to launch, the inshore lifeboat Edith Louise Eastwick set off to the Tarbert area and carried out an extensive search. Weather conditions at the time were blowing force three to four northerly winds.
The crew continued eastwards and crossed over to the Labasheeda region where they located the 10ft punt off Kilkerrin Point.
After securing the vessel to the lifeboat, the crew brought it back to Tarbert pier where the owners were waiting. The vessel was handed over and a request that a new mooring line be put in place was made.
The call out was crew member Charlie Glynn’s first as helm, having secured the position a month ago.
Earlier that day, Enniskillen RNLI was launched to reports of a cruiser which had run aground on Lower Lough Erne in Co Fermanagh.
The volunteer crew on their inshore lifeboat Joseph and Mary Hiley and the Rescue Water Craft (RWC) proceeded to Inish Davar, two miles from the station. Weather at the time was clear with calm waters.
The crew arrived at the location to find the owner of the vessel on another boat and assisting the casualty boat and the two men and two women who were on board and safe and well. The lifeboat crew stood off and observed from a distance.
#KAYAKING - A fitness instructor from Donegal recently raised funds for a Parkinson's charity by crossing the north of Ireland from east to west with an extraordinary combination of running, cycling, swimming and kayaking.
As the Donegal Democrat reports, James McIntyre spent a weekend traversing the island of Ireland from Newcastle in Co down to Creevy in Co Donegal.
His route that included a mountain run across Sliabh Donard and the Mournes and a cycling portion from Annalong to Enniskillen, before he took to the water for a 35km kayak run along the length of Lower Lough Erne to Beleek and a swim across Assaroe Lake.
McIntyre covered 201km altogether in his epic challenge to raise funds for research into Parkinson's disease, an illness that affected both his and his partner's grandfathers.
The 37-year-old surf lifesaver is no stranger to such efforts, after completing an open sea swim of Donegal Bay last year, also for charity.
The Donegal Democrat has much more on the story HERE.
#ANGLING - A landowner in Co Fermanagh has blocked access to a slipway and moorings used by anglers on his land, as BBC News reports.
Fishermen found the road leading to the site blocked by hay bales after the 10-year lease for access to the facility, near Castle Caldwell on Lower Lough Erne, expired recently.
It is believed that the landowner had reported a number of concerns regarding use of the site to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL), alledging that some fishermen had been blocking access to his land with their cars and startling farmers' cattle with car horns.
The slipway at the mouth of the Garvary River, which was built with public funds, is reportedly one of the few places boats can be launched between Belleek and Kesh, a popular spot for angling in Northern Ireland.
DCAL says it is negotiating with the landowner and farmers to reopen the lane.
BBC News has more on the story HERE.
Erne System, Lower Lough Erne, Kesh Marina Jetty
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters of inland waterways vessels that approximately 15m of this jetty in now available for use while the remainder is closed for repair. Access from the jetty to the car park is also available.
A further marine notice will issue when repairs have been completed.
Any inconvenience that this may cause our customers is regretted.
Lt Cdr (rtd)
Inspector of Navigation
12 Jan 2011
Tel: 00 353 (0) 90 6494232
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all masters and inland waterways users of the Erne System that an obstruction to navigation exists adjacent to the Roslare public jetty which has been marked by a red buoy on Lower Lough Erne
Masters are requested to proceed at slow speed and with due caution when arriving and departing the jetty until such time as the obstruction has been removed.
Waterways Ireland regrets any inconvenience to its customers.
For further details please contact the Lough Erne Warden on +44 (028) 6632 2836
Full Official warning attached below