Car in lake sparks major search operation

Car in lake sparks major search operation


Emergency services at the scene near Corofin this evening – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

A Garda investigation is underway in Co Clare after the discovery of a car in a lake sparked a major search and rescue operation.

The alarm was raised at around 5.45pm when Gardaí received a report of a vehicle in Lake Inchiquin near Corofin.

On arrival at the scene, local Gardaí used a fishing boat to make their way out to the vehicle which was submerged about 30 metres from the shore. One officer broke the rear window and sunroof to check whether there was anyone inside.

In the meantime, units of the fire brigade from Ennistymon and Ennis, and their respective water rescue units, raced to the scene along with an ambulance and additional Garda units. The Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard was also alerted and requested to make their way to the scene.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

Coast Guard responders were stood down while on their way to the incident while ambulance paramedics waited at the lake until it was confirmed there was no casualty.

Fire crews managed to haul the car onto the slipway where Gardaí carried out a preliminary examination in an effort to identify the vehicle and its owner. The car has been removed for further technical tests.

Gardaí from Corofin are investigating the incident however it appears the car was intentionally driven into the lake.

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.