Busy Sunday for Killaloe Coast Guard

Busy Sunday for Killaloe Coast Guard


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

The Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard responded to three emergency calls on Sunday.

One of the calls was to deal with jet-skiers reportedly putting swimmers in danger.

Volunteers had been conducting a water safety display at the Bridgetown Show at 4.30pm when they were tasked to reports of a number of jet-skis putting swimmers in danger in the Ballina /Killaloe area.

A boat crew was launched while a shore team travelled to the area by road. The jet-ski owners were spoken to and were made aware of the speed limits in the area.

The second call-out for the volunteer team was to assist a power boat that had suffered engine trouble.

A 21-foot speedboat with three person’s on board had experienced engine trouble 1km North of Deer Rock on the Tipperary shore. A boat crew launched and located the casualty vessel within 10 minutes of being alerted. The vessel was taken on tow to Killaloe where it was moored safely.

At 8.20pm the teams pagers were activated for a 3rd time to assist in clearing and securing a landing zone for the Irish Coast Guard Rescue helicopter.

Rescue 115, based at Shannon, was requested to assist the National Ambulance Service with the emergency medevac of a patient.

The team responded but a landing zone was not needed as the HSE Ambulance crew’s decided a helicopter was no longer required so the unit was stood down while on scene.

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.