RNLI rescues lone fisherman on Lough Derg

RNLI rescues lone fisherman on Lough Derg


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Lough Derg RNLI rescued a lone fisherman after his boat ran aground on Lough Derg earlier today.

The 18ft lakeboat got into difficulty at around lunchtime by the Goat Road on the north eastern shore of the lake.

Staff at the Irish Coast Guard marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry requested the Dromineer based volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew to respond to the incident.

Winds were reported to be south-southeasterly, Force 4/5 while visibility was good despite mist and frequent rain squalls.

The lifeboat reached the scene at the Goat Road 1.36pm but found not trace of the casualty vessel. Following a search, the RNLI crew located the fisherman in his boat at ‘Russell Cabin’, north of the Goat Road.

As the lakeboat was aground in a particularly rocky and shallow area, the lifeboat dropped anchor and veered back to the location. An RNLI volunteer waded in to the lake boat and found the fisherman to be safe and unharmed and wearing his lifejacket.

The RNLI volunteer and the fisherman bailed the water taken in over the gunwales of the lakeboat. They eased the vessel off the rocks and out to to the lifeboat, where it was taken under tow to Skehana. The lakeboat was tied safely alongside at 2.56pm

The lifeboat returned to station and the lifeboat was ready for service again at 3.35pm

Liam Maloney, Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager said afterwards: “Boat users should check the conditions before going afloat and make sure their vessel is able for the conditions forecast.”

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.