Coast Guard assists boat adrift in Killaloe

Coast Guard assists boat adrift in Killaloe


Killaloe Coast Guard volunteers responded to the call – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

The Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard was called out on Tuesday evening to assist four people on board a power boat that was reported adrift.

The 18 foot vessel was reported to be in difficulty south of Killaloe bridge.

The boat is understood to have lost engine power while there was also smoke emitting from its engine.

When the rescue boat arrived alongside, all occupants were found to be safe and well but concerned for their safety.

An assessment of the vessel was carried out and it was established that it’s engine had overheated.

The boat was taken on tow by Killaloe Coast Guard volunteers to Ballina slipway where it was recovered from the water by it’s owner.

The operation was coordinated by watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard’s marine rescue sub centre at Valentia 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.