Surfer found safe after search

Surfer found safe after search


© Pat Flynn 2014
The surfer was located safe and well by the Coast Guard south of Lahinch – © Pat Flynn 2014

A surfer reported overdue was found safe and well near Lahinch yesterday afternoon following a search.

The Irish Coast Guard marine rescue coordination centre at Valentia Island in Co Kerry was alerted to the missing surfer at around 3.00pm. A concerned family member raised the alarm when there was no sign of the surfer returning to sure.

The Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard was alerted and requested to search several popular surfing locations in the vicinity of Lahinch. The family member could not give an exact location for the surfer.

In the meantime, the Kilkee unit of the Coast Guard commenced a search in the Spanish Point area.

Soon after searches had commenced, a Coast Guard volunteer located the surfer safe and well just south of Lahinch.

The search was stood down while the surfer was reunited with the anxious family member.

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.