Businessman not allowed travel by sea with jet

Businessman not allowed travel by sea with jet

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
Sligo businessman David McGowan – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

The Sligo businessman who has spent tens of thousands of Euro transporting a former passenger jet by sea to Sligo, has been refused permission to sail with his plane.

David McGowan, who purchased a Boeing 767 jet for his glamping village in Enniscrone, was due to travel on the tug boat that’s hauling the barge carrying the aircraft.

The barge was floated on the high tide at around 5.30 this evening and Mr McGowan and his team were due to board the tug once it had taken the barge on tow.

However, according to Mr McGowan, a representative of the Department of the Marine prevented him from travelling.

It’s understood this was because Mr McGowan and his team didn’t have the necessary paperwork.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Mr McGowan said: “It was something about a ‘safe pass’ but I have to look into it. I never heard of a ‘safe pass’.”

“We are very disappointed. It has really ruined the day for us. We weren’t going to be on the deck. We had a room below provided for us so I don’t think there was a safety issue,” he added.

Mr McGowan is hopeful that the barge carrying the jet will arrive in Enniscrone in the early house of Saturday morning.

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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.

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