Rescue operation mounted off Clare coast

Rescue operation mounted off Clare coast

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© Pat Flynn 2016
© Pat Flynn 2016

A rescue operation was mounted off the Clare coast this afternoon after a small fishing boat was reported to have run aground.

Onlookers on the shore became concerned when they noticed the boat hadn’t moved for some time and they could see no one on board.

The alarm was raised and a rescue effort was quickly mounted by watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard marine rescue sub centre in Co Kerry.

The Kilkee unit of the Irish Coast Guard and the Shannon based search and rescue helicopter – Rescue 115 – were sent to the scene.

A helicopter crew member was winched onto the boat where he confirmed that the sole occupant was unharmed.

The man had been checking lobster pots between Mutton Island and the pier at Seafield when his boat drifted onto rocks several hours earlier.

After checking to ensure his boat wasn’t damaged, the fisherman dropped anchor and was waiting for the tide to lift the vessel off the rocks when he heard the helicopter.

© Pat Flynn 2016
© Pat Flynn 2016

Once it was confirmed that man required no further assistance the helicopter was stood down while the Kilkee Coast Guard boat remained at the scene until man returned safely to the pier.

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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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