Person in river report a false alarm

Person in river report a false alarm


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

A report of a person being seen in a river in Ennis last night is now believed to have been a false alarm.

Gardaí received a call from a member of the public who believed they saw a person in the River Fergus.

Gardaí travelled to the area and commenced and requested assistance from Clare Civil Defence.

Civil Defence volunteers, including members of the unit’s specially trained swift-water rescue team, carried out searches from the riverbank using powerful lighting. The river was low at the time and too shallow to safely launch any boats.

The search was concentrated in the area of the river between the bridge at the Maid of Éireann and Woodquay.

Following a comprehensive search and with no sign of any person in the river or further reports, the search was stood down soon after 11.00pm.

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.