Swimmer found after search in Kilkee

Swimmer found after search in Kilkee


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
 The crew of the Kilkee Coast Guard boat located the swimmer – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A missing swimmer has been found safe on board a fishing boat in Co Clare.

The alarm was raised at around 11am when the man was reported missing following a training swim in Kilkee.

Two other swimmers reported their friend missing after they had returned to shore safely.

The Kilkee unit of the Irish Coast Guard launched their rescue boat and carried out a search of Kilkee Bay.

Volunteers located the missing man when they searched a fishing boat anchored in the bay. The man was rushed back the rescue centre where he was treated for exhaustion.

The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter was also requested to assist in the operation but was stood down once the swimmer was found.

Conditions in the area were said to be rough at the time with winds blowing up to force 5 at times.

The man did not require hospitalisation and returned home after treatment.

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.