Elderly man rescued by lifeboat crew

Elderly man rescued by lifeboat crew


Photo: Lough Derg RNLI
The cruiser stranded in the reeds near Terryglass – Photo: Lough Derg RNLI

An elderly man has to be rescued by an RNLI lifeboat yesterday after his boat suffered engine failure and drifted into shallow waters on Lough Derg.

The alarm was raised at around 11.20am when members of the public spotted a 30ft motor cruiser stranded in reeds close to Terryglass Harbour on the Tipperary shore.

The Irish Coast Guard marine rescue coordination centre on Valentia Island in Kerry alerted the Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat based at Dromineer and requested they respond to the scene.

The lifeboat raced to the location and quickly found the boat stranded in reeds close to the shore.

A man, thought to be in his 70’s, was on board the vessel and wearing his lifejacket. The agitated pensioner confirmed to his rescuers that he was the only person on board.

The lifeboat tied a towline onto the powerless craft and attempted to pull it clear. This however took some time because of communication issues between the lifeboat crew and the elderly man.

The lifeboat managed to pull the cruise boat clear and towed it into Terryglass harbour where an off-duty RNLI volunteer and members of the public helped tied the boat alongside.

It’s understood that the cruiser had been on its way south from Portumna when it suffered engine failure.

The man had been stranded for almost an hour before the alarm was raised but he was unharmed.

Lough Derg RNLI Deputy Launching AuthorityBrendan O’Brien said: “Skippers  should ensure their boat has fresh fuel and is well serviced before going afloat.”


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.