Family escape injury after car rolled into lake

Family escape injury after car rolled into lake


A family had a lucky escape yesterday after their car ploughed into a lake in Co Clare.

The incident happened at around 1.30pm at Knockaphort near Mountshannon where a similar accident involving a young baby occurred last May. The area is an access point for the historic Holy Island on Lough Derg also popular with visitors to the lake.

The vehicle was left dangling over a low wall with its front wheels in the water which was about three feet deep. It’s believed that the car was only prevented from entering the lake completely because it became wedged between two trees.

Two large branches that the car had knocked into the water with the impact, landed beneath the vehicle and are thought to have prevented the car from becoming completely submerged

It’s understood that the family of three, who had been staying in accommodation in the local area, had been in the car at the time. They managed to clamber out of the car and back onto dry land.

The location where the car rolled into the lake – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Gardaí were alerted and made their way to the scene while a local farmer used a tractor to pull the car from the lake. The car was later removed from the scene by a recovery truck.

An eyewitness said: “I heard loud crackling like branches snapping and turned around to see the car nose down in the lake. It looks like they were parking the car and it just jumped forward. There was a couple and a young girl, maybe 12 or 13 years old. They weren’t hurt except for one who hit their knee.”

The family, understood to be from Northern Ireland, made their way back to their accommodation while arrangements were made to recover the car.

No one was injured in the incident.

Last May, a six-month-old baby had a lucky escape from a car which rolled into the lake at the same location.

A Dublin couple had parked their car and left it for a matter of seconds with the infant strapped into a car seat in the rear.

Without warning, the car began to slowly move forward before rolling into the water. The vehicle narrowly missed a local angler. The angler and the child’s mother were able to rescue the baby from the car before the vehicle became submerged. The child wasn’t injured in the incident.


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.