Kilrush and Lough Derg lifeboats respond to calls

Kilrush and Lough Derg lifeboats respond to calls


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
Kilrush RNLI lifeboat in action – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

The Kilrush and Lough Derg lifeboats have responded to incidents to separate incidents this afternoon.

The Kilrush based RNLI crew was alerted at around 12.30pm after a yacht was reported to have broken it’s moorings on the opposite side of the Shannon Estuary.

The lifeboat raced to the scene at Tarbert, Co Kerry and found the 32ft yacht had run aground south of the pier.

The vessel was towed off the rocks and back to the pier at Tarbert. There was no one on board the vessel at the time.

Meanwhile, the Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was also called into action a short time later.

The Dromineer based was mobilised at around after a 36ft cruiser, with tow people on board, ran aground on Sunk Island behind Illaunmor.

The lifeboat crew took the vessel on tow to deeper water and checked to ensure the hull hadn’t been breached.

After being given the all-clear the boat continued on its way while those on board were unharmed.

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.