Report of boat on rocks was false alarm

Report of boat on rocks was false alarm


A Kilkee Coast Guard 4×4 vehicle – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A search and rescue operation was mounted last night following a report of a boat on the rocks off Quilty.

The alarm was raised at around 6.45pm when a member of the public reported seeing what they believed to be motorboat aground at Mutton Island.

Staff at the Irish Coast Guard marine rescue sub centre at Valentia in Kerry mounted a search and rescue operation and mobilised several assets to the area.

Volunteers from the Kilkee unit of the Irish Coast Guard made their way to the area by road to investigate the report.

In the meantime, the Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat and Shannon based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115, were also requested to respond and assist in the search.

The search pattern undertaken by Rescue 115 – Image: © Pat Flynn/

A detailed search of the area was carried out however there was no sign of any boat in difficulty.

After speaking to the person who made the call it was established that the most likely explanation was the sun reflecting off wet rocks gave the impression there was boat aground.

The incident was later confirmed to have been a ‘false alarm with good intent’.

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.