Civil Defence and Navy join search

Civil Defence and Navy join search


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Naval Service divers and Clare Civil Defence volunteers joined the search yesterday for a Russian man washed into the sea near Doonbeg last Saturday morning.

The man in his 40’s, who had been living in Limerick, was fishing with another man at the notorious Blue Pool when he was struck by a rogue wave.

A major search and rescue operation was mounted that has to date involved Irish Coast Guard units from Kilkee, Doolin and Killaloe as well as the Shannon based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115.

Divers from the Garda Water Unit as well as five sub aqua clubs from Clare and Limerick carried out searches of the area on Sunday.

Naval Divers
Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

On Tuesday, Naval Divers joined the search operation while volunteers from Clare Civil Defence, deployed small unmanned aircraft (SAU) to search a long stretch of the coastline.

The remotely operated drones can investigate areas along the shoreline and cliff bases without endangering personnel. Crews can view live footage from a mobile control unit.

File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016


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.