Two rescued as boat runs aground

Two rescued as boat runs aground


Photo: Lough Derg RNLI
Photo: Lough Derg RNLI

The Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat was requested to launch and assist two people after their boat ran aground on the lake on Sunday evening.

The Irish Coast Guard marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry requested the lifeboat crew to respond after receiving a report that and 18ft motor boat was in difficulty at Kylenoe Rocks, at the northern end of Lough Derg.

The lifeboat, with helm Eleanor Hooker, Dom Sharkey and Liam Knight on board, launched at 7.15pm. At the time conditions were favourable with winds westerly, Force 2, visibility was good.

The lifeboat located the casualty vessel at Kylenoe Rocks with two people on board, both wearing their lifejackets.  An RNLI crew member waded into the boat and reassured the two people on board.  The boat had suffered damage to the propeller on their outboard engine, and so they had taken it off the transom and into the boat.

Once the boat was off the rocks and towed into safe water, the lifeboat took it under an alongside tow to Terryglass Harbour, where it was taken out of the water.   

The lifeboat returned to Station and was ready for service again at 9.45pm.

Deputy Launching Authority, Brian Hanly advises all bot users to carry a means of communication and  ‘in case of emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for Marine Rescue’. 

Meanwhile, a young child was airlifted to hospital after he sustained injuries in a fall in west Clare yesterday afternoon.

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

The boy was injured in the accident near Carrigaholt at around 3.00pm. An ambulance from Kilrush responded to the scene however the Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS) helicopter airlifted to youngster to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

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.