Busy weekend for RNLI and Coast Guard

Busy weekend for RNLI and Coast Guard


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

Irish Coast Guard and RNLI crews responded to a number of calls over the Bank Holiday weekend.

At 6.25pm today, the Killaloe unit of the Coast Guard was tasked following a report that a vessel with one person on board had ran aground south of Deer Rock on the Tipperary shore of Lough Derg.

The rescue boat located the casualty vessel at 6.40pm and a crew member was transferred to the boat to carry out an inspection. Once it was determined there was no damage to the craft it was taken back to Killaloe by the Coast Guard crew member.

A Coast Guard land crew prepared an area to safely tie the vessel up in Killaloe.

Earlier, the Doolin unit of the volunteer service assisted the National Ambulance Service after a woman was reported to have been injured in a fall on a walking trail at the Cliffs of Moher.

Coast Guard personnel were alerted at 5.30pm and responded to the area where they located the injured tourist. Volunteers assisted ambulance paramedics and transported the woman to an ambulance waiting at the visitor centre.

Doolin Coast Guard Cliff Trail Rescue
File Photo: Doolin Coast Guard

On Sunday afternoon, Doolin Coast Guard responded to a similar incident at the Cliffs of Moher. A woman sustained a leg injury and was recovered from the cliff trail by Coast Guard volunteers and ambulance paramedics.

Both casualties were transported by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

On Sunday morning, Kilrush RNLI successfully rescued four people after their boat got into difficulty in the Shannon Estuary.

The volunteer team was alerted at around 9.30am after the Irish Coast Guard received a report of a boat adrift without power south of Scattery Island off Co Clare.

Kilrush RNLI lifeboat being launched – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

The RNLI lifeboat crew located the 17ft dory at 9.51am. Volunteers checked that those on board were safe and unharmed before towing their boat to Ballylongord in Kerry on the south shore of the estuary.

Once the casualty vessel was tied up and the four occupants were safely ashore, the lifeboat returned to base in Kilrush. It’s understood the boat suffered engine trouble.

Also on Sunday, Lough Derg RNLI was requested to assist two adults and a child aboard a 27ft cruiser.

The lifeboat was mobilised at around 4.30pm after a boat was reported to be aground near Kilgarvan on the eastern shore of Lough Derg.

Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat moored at Dromineer – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

The RNLI crew member made a thorough check of the cruiser and found that it was not holed, but had suffered damage to its propellers. The lifeboat took the cruiser off the rocks and towed it to Dromineer Harbour, where, at 6.15pm, it was safely tied alongside.

Meanwhile, early on Saturday, the Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was tasked and sent to assist six people on board a boat that had broke down on the lake.

While responding to the incident at around 9.30am at Gortmore, the crew was stood down after a passing cruiser assisted those in difficulty.

The cruiser towed the motor boat to Kilgarvan Harbour where it was safely tied alongside.

All the operations were coordinated by watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard’s marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry.

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.