Volunteer crews respond to separate incidents

Volunteer crews respond to separate incidents

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The Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat tied alongside at Dromineer – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

The Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was called to assist two people who got into difficulty on board a yacht on the lake last night.

The alarm was raised at around 8.30pm when the Irish Coast Guard received a report of a 26ft yacht aground south of Coolbawn, on the Tipperary shore. 

On reaching the scene, two RNLI volunteers entered the water and waded to to the casualty vessel. The yacht had run aground on a rock shoal and left stranded in just a 2 feet of water.

The RNLI crew checked the boat and once satisfied that it was not holed, set up bridle and tow. One rescue crew member remained on board and the other returned to the lifeboat.

The vessel was taken gently off the rocks and towed into deep water, where the lifeboat removed the tow and the yacht made way using its outboard motor. Both passengers were found to be safe and unharmed and wearing their lifejackets.

The incident was coordinated by watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Meanwhile, the Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard was called out to assist the National Ambulance Service with a medivac operation near Woodford in Co Clare on Saturday morning.

The volunteer teams was alerted at 11.50am requested to provide support for ambulance paramedics and the Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter.

The helicopter had been called into airlift a casualty, who had been injured in a farm incident, to hospital.

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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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