Two calls on Sunday for Killaloe Coast Guard

Two calls on Sunday for Killaloe Coast Guard

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– File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

The Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard responded to two calls today. 

At 8.15 this evening, a member of the public called the Irish Coast Guard via the 999/112 emergency call answering service (ECAS) reporting a speed boat in apparent difficulty close to Parkers Point on Lough Derg.

Staff at the Irish Coast Guard marine rescue sub centre (MRSC) at Valentia in Co Kerry alerted the Killaloe Coast Guard and requested the team to mobilise.

As the unit responded to the incident a second call was made to Valentia confirming that the boat had started moving again and that all was ok. The team was stood and returned to base.

The call is being treated as a false alarm with good intent.

Earlier, at around 4.30pm, the team was requested to assist the National Ambulance Service with a call in Co Tipperary.

Volunteers responded to the ‘ambulance assist’ call at a bicycle track near Borrisokane.

It’s understood one person was injured in an incident there. The casualty was removed to hospital by ambulance.

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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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