10 Aug 2022

Theft of lifebuoys threatens water-safety

Theft of lifebuoys threatens water-safety

Members of Rinn Shannon & District Angling Club have said that they are shocked to discover the theft of two lifebuoys for the second time in recent months, from Lough Rowan trout fishery situated outside Mohill, which they manage.

According to Irish Water Safety on average of 140 people drown in Ireland each year. Forty children aged 14 and under have drowned in the space of ten years and that 80% of the drowning’s happen in the victims’ local environment. It is with this in mind that club chairman Paul Beck issued the following statement.

“The lifebuoys which were kindly donated to the club by Leitrim County Council are there for a reason - to save lives and it is important to have them on the lakeshore so that passersby or anglers can come to the aid of someone in difficulty if needed. Lifebuoys play an important part in water safety and they act as a constant reminder of the dangers that the lake environment pose”

Lough Rowan is a fantastic angling amenity, but like all inland waters has its own particular dangers. What makes the lake such a popular venue for trout anglers is that it has an extensive wading shoreline. However there is a shelf that drops into 20 to 30 foot of water about 30 foot from the lakeshore, so great care is needed when fishing the venue.

Club chairman Paul Beck continues “The lifebuoys are intended to be used to effect a rescue of any person who may find themselves in distress. People tampering with the life saving equipment are ultimately putting someone’s life at risk, maybe even their own, if anyone has any information regarding the theft, we urge them to contact the local Garda in Mohill or Ballinamore.

Inland Fisheries Ireland Fish Farm – Public Consultation Notice

IFI would like to consult with stakeholders and individuals affected by IFI’s decision to exit fresh water trout production with a particular focus on the potential impact of the decision and possible measures that could mitigate this impact.

Information on the consultation is available at

Pease be aware that all submissions received by IFI will be published on its website. In addition IFI is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1997 and therefore has to consider any request made to it under that Act.

If you consider that any part of your submission would be subject to any of the statutory exclusions under that Act please so indicate in your submission, specifying under which exemption you believe the content should be excluded.

IFI will make every effort to comply fully with the Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003 and the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.

Submissions should be made in writing on or before 5pm on August 19, to or Fish Farm Consultation, Inland Fisheries Ireland, 3044 Lake Drive, Citywest Business Campus, Dublin D24 Y265, Ireland.

Scratch Cards

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Until next time… stay safe on the water and tight lines.

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