Coast Guard rescues crew of grounded cruiser

Coast Guard rescues crew of grounded cruiser

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– File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

Two people had to be rescued this afternoon after their cruise boat ran aground on Lough Derg.

The pair were on a 35-foot cruiser which got into difficulty north of Inishparran Point near Mountshannon on the Clare side of the lake.

The occupants raised the alarm at around 3.20pm when they made radio contact with watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry.

The Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard was alerted and requested to respond to the incident. The volunteer team launched one boat from their base while a second smaller boat was transported to the incident by road and launched from Mountshannon pier.

On arrival at the scene, Coast Guard volunteers undertook an assessment of the vessel before attempting to tow the cruiser off the rocks however the initial effort was unsuccessful.

After a number of attempts the vessel was towed to deep water but could not make it’s own way due to steering issues. Instead, the vessel was taken under tow by Killaloe Coast Guard and tied in Mountshannon Harbour.

The occupants were unharmed.

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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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