French yacht runs aground off Inis Mór

French yacht runs aground off Inis Mór


The Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard assisted the RNLI with the rescue operation – © Pat Flynn 2014

The crew of a French yacht had to be rescued yesterday after their vessel aground of the Aran Islands.

The alarm was raised at around 3.00pm when the yacht was reported to have run onto rocks off Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands.

The yacht became stranded on the shore of an island near the entrance Kilronan Harbour.

The Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard and Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat were alerted and raced to the yacht’s assistance. There were four people on board, all French nationals.

The Coast Guard crew placed a lone on the ground yacht which was then towed to safety by the RNLI lifeboat.

The Doolin Coast Guard board reached the scene within fifteens as they had just launched for a training exercise.

No one on board was injured while the yacht is understood to have suffered minor damage.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.