Killaloe Coast Guard assists powerboat crew

Killaloe Coast Guard assists powerboat crew



 - Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
 Todays call was the 48th of the year to date for the volunteer Killaloe unit – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

The Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard assisted the crew of a powerboat that suffered engine problems on Lough Derg today.

The boat was about 3 kilometres north of Killaloe when the two person crew reported their problem.

Coast Guard volunteers from Killaloe mobilised by land and water. The unit’s RIB located the casualty and took it under tow.

The powerboat was taken to Bunglasha on the Clare shore where Coast Guard mobile unit was standing by to help safely secure the casualty vessel.

It was the Killaloe volunteer team’s 48th call of the year.

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.