Woman and children jump into lake after boat fire

Woman and children jump into lake after boat fire


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

A woman and five children had to jump into a lake for safety, after they detected a fire on board their cruise boat this afternoon.

The incident happened on Lough Derg close to the Co Clare shore at around 2.30pm.

The 35ft privately-owner cruiser was off shore from Twomilegate when the woman discovered the fire.

She raised the alarm and quickly evacuated the boat. The five children, all of whom were wearing lifejackets, jumped into the water and were able to swim ashore.

Staff at the Irish Coast Guard marine rescue sub-centre on Valentia Island in Kerry mounted a major rescue operation.

– File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

The Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard along with the Shannon based search and rescue helicopter were alerted and dispatched.

Units of the fire brigade from Killaloe as well as several ambulances, a rapid response advanced paramedic unit and Garda patrols also raced to the scene.

On arrival at the location, emergency crews learned that the children had been taken on board a speedboat which had come to their aid.

The speedboat owner extinguished the fire and was able to drive the cruiser back to the harbour in Killaloe.

No one was injured in the incident.

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.