Four rescued from boat adrift in estuary

Four rescued from boat adrift in estuary

SHARE

The RNLI successfully rescued four people this morning after their boat got into difficulty in the Shannon Estuary.

The Kilrush volunteer unit 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.

The RNLI lifeboat was launched and 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.

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.

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

The Irish Coast Guard had issued a joint warning ahead of the Bank Holiday Weekend about water safety.

Anyone who sees somebody in difficulty should call 999/112 and ask for the Coast Guard.

 

SHARE
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.

NO COMMENTS

LEAVE A REPLY