Lough Ree RNLI and Athlone Sub Aqua Club volunteers responded to reports of a person in the water in Athlone town late last night.
At 11.25pm on the 30 December 2018 Lough Ree RNLI volunteers were alerted by the Irish Coast Guard in Malin Head to reports of a person in the water at Athlone Town on the Quays between the Castle and Sean’s Bar. Athlone Sub Aqua Club was also alerted to the incident.
The volunteer crew on board the inshore lifeboat, The Eric Rowse were quickly on scene and immediately commenced a search for the person. They were joined by members of Athlone Sub Aqua Club. Conditions at the time were very calm with partial visibility due to darkness.
A casualty was taken from the water and handed into the care of HSE Paramedics who were waiting on the quayside and brought to hospital.
Athlone Gardai have sadly confirmed that the person subsequently passed away.
Lough Ree RNLI and Athlone Sub Aqua Club would like to extend their sincere condolences to the family at this time.