Ten rescued from grounded boat on Lough Derg

Ten rescued from grounded boat on Lough Derg


The Lough Derg RNLI boat at its based in Dromineer – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Ten people were rescued late yesterday after their cruise boat ran again on Lough Derg in Co Clare.

The alarm was raised at around 5.30pm when the Irish Coast Guard received a report of a 40ft cruise boat on rocks north of the Scilly Islands.

The Killaloe based unit of the Irish Coast Guard and Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat stationed at Dromineer in Tipperary were alerted and launched.

On arrival at the scene, a Coast Guard volunteer boarded the casualty vessel to check whether it had been damaged. It was decided that those on board should be taken off the vessel before attempts to tow it to safety could be made.

The Killaloe Coast Guard team transferred all ten people, in two groups, to the RNLI lifeboat which then took them safely ashore at Mounthshannon in Clare.

All ten were unharmed and wearing their lifejackets and were met at the pier in Mounthshannon by a Coast Guard shore team.

Both the lifeboat and the Coast Guard RIB returned to the casualty vessel where a detailed inspection was carried out. The cruiser was safely taken off the rock shelf and towed by the Killaloe Coast Guard boat to Mountshannon where it was due to be inspected by an engineer. 

The RNLI has reminded lake users to ensure they bring charts with them so they can identify the areas close to shore and islands that are marked as not navigable, particularly as water levels are relatively low on the lake at the moment.

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.