Busy day for search and rescue services

Busy day for search and rescue services


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

The Irish Coast Guard and RNLI Lifeboat responded to separate incidents on Lough Derg yesterday.

At 2.30pm, the Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard was alerted and requested to respond to a cruise boat in difficulty north of the town close to the Clare shore.

There were two adults and two children on board the 30-foot cruise boat they reported engine problems. It’s understood the boat had set out from Killaloe a short time earlier.

The skipper dropped the boats anchor and alerted the Irish Coast Guard reporting that his engine was overheating.

Rescue crews reached the boat and checked that those on board were unharmed.

The vessel was taken under tow by Killaloe Coast Guard rescue boat and taken safely to a mooring in Killaloe.

Photo: Lough Derg RNLI
Photo: Lough Derg RNLI

Later, the RNLI’s Lough Derg lifeboat was tasked to respond to another vessel in difficulty.

The Domineer, Co Tipperary based volunteer crew responded to the scene near the Benjamin Rocks near Garrykennedy.

Staff at the Irish Coast Guard marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry issued a radio message to other vessels on the lake to assist if they were in the area.

Meanwhile, the Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard was called into action to assist a boat in difficulty between Doolin and Inis Óirr.

The volunteer launched their Delta rescue boat and proceed to the scene. The casualty vessel was located off the Finnis Buoy and taken on tow back to Doolin.

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.