Two rescued after boat lost power off Doonbeg

Two rescued after boat lost power off Doonbeg


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

Two men have been rescued after their boat lost power off the Clare coast this afternoon.

The alarm was raised at around 3.30pm when one of men called the Irish Coast Guard reporting their vessel had lost power off Doonbeg.

It’s understood the men had been carrying out repairs on the 20-foot fishing boat when they got into difficulty.

Watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard’s marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry mounted a search.

The Kilkee and Doolin units of the Irish Coast Guard were requested to mobilise to the area. As the Kilkee unit’s main search and rescue boat isn’t currently available to respond to calls, the Doolin unit of the service launched its Delta boat instead.

The Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 115, was also tasked to assist in the search.

The Doolin Delta boat remained on scene until the casualty vessel returned safely to Doonbeg – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

Conditions in the area were said to be challenging with north-westerly winds of over 30 kilometres an hour at the time.

In the meantime, two other fishermen made their way to the scene in a currach. They brought a second outboard motor with them which was mounted onto the stricken vessel.

The fishing boat was able to return to Doonbeg using the replacement engine and towed the currach behind. The men had been adrift for about 90 minutes before they were rescued.

The Doolin Coast Guard boat remained with the casualty vessel until it was safely tied alongside in Doonbeg.

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.