Clare lifeguards made 92 rescues during summer

Clare lifeguards made 92 rescues during summer


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Clare County Council lifeguards carried out 92 water rescues at Clare’s 11 lifeguarded beaches between June and August.

Figures show that 10,728 potential accidents or an average of 14 accidents per hour were avoided at Clare’s nine Blue Flag and two Green Coast beaches with on-duty lifeguards engaging with bathers who had entered the water at known dangerous bathing locations or assisting bathers who had knowingly or unknowingly strayed outside the red and yellow flags.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The figures also show that first aid treatment was administered to 665 people while lifeguards reunited 39 children with their guardians.

Clare County Council employs 32 full-time lifeguards to cover Clare’s 9 Blue Flag and 2 Green Coast beaches during the summer season.

Lifeguard cover in Clare for 2017 finished on Sunday 10 September.


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.