Four escape injury after fire on cruise boat

Four escape injury after fire on cruise boat

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Four people escaped injury this afternoon after a fire broke out on their cruise boat on the River Shannon.

The alarm was raised at around 5.00pm when the occupants of the cruiser contacted the Irish Coast Guard on Valentia Island in Kerry using their VHF radio. The boat was close to Banagher in Co Offaly at the time.

There were four people on board the vessel when a fire broke out in its engine exhaust system.

The Irish Coast Guard broadcast a message to other boats in the area to assist if they could while the fire service and Shannon based search and rescue helicopter were alerted and mobilised to the area.

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

The skipper of the vessel reported that he still had power and was making his way to the harbour in Banagher.

The boat was able to safely moor in Banagher where it was met by fire service crews and ambulance paramedics.

The boat was quickly evacuated while fire crews dealt with the fire.

The blaze was quickly brought under control and no one on board was injured in the incident.

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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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