Eight rescued in separate incidents on Lough Derg

Eight rescued in separate incidents on Lough Derg


 - Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
Killaloe Coast Guard responded to both incidents – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

Eight people were rescued in two separate incidents in rough conditions on Lough Derg in the past 24 hours.

The first incident involved two men who got into difficulty in strong winds and rough water close to Two Mile Gate shore in Co Clare.

The Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard sent teams by water and road and quickly located two men in a small lake boat. They had been attempting to reach their cruiser which was anchored near Two Mile Gate.

They were taken safely back to their cruiser.

At around 7.50pm, after returning to their base in Killaloe, the crew heard a call for help on the marine emergency VHF radio channel.

The rescue boat launched again and raced to the entrance to Mountshannon Harbour where a 23ft cruiser had reportedly run aground.

Photo: Lough Derg RNLI
The Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat based at Dromineer responded to the Mountshannon incident – Photo: Lough Derg RNLI

The Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat based at Dromineer on the opposite side of the lake was also requested to respond.

The vessel was towed off the rocks and taken in Mountshannon. The two people on board were unharmed.

This evening the Killaloe Coast Guard was called out again to another cruise boat in difficulty.

The 38 foot cruiser with 4 people on board ran aground in Tinerana Bay  on the Clare shore of Lough Derg.

The rescue boat reached the scene within minutes after checking to ensure the cruise boat hadn’t been damaged. It was established there was an issue with the casualty vessel’s engines so it was take on tow to Ballina.

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.