Two airlifted from Lough Derg after boat capsized

Two airlifted from Lough Derg after boat capsized


Killaloe Coast Guard volunteers tow the upturned boat into Mountshannon – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

Two fishermen have been airlifted to hospital after their boat capsized on Lough Derg this afternoon.

The alarm was raised at around 3.30pm when a member of the public reported two people calling for help from a fishing boat off Mountshannon in Co Clare.

Watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard’s marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry quickly mounted a search and rescue operation.

The Shannon based helicopter, Rescue 115, was sent to the scene while the Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard was also alerted.

Members of Killaloe Coast Guard quickly launched their rescue boat and made their way north along the lake to the incident. Other volunteers travelled to Mountshannon by road.

On arrival at the scene the helicopter quickly located the casualties who were by then sitting on top of their boat which had capsized.

The pair were winched on board the helicopter and flown directly to University Hospital Limerick.

One was reported to be suffering from hypothermia however neither is believed to have been seriously harmed.

The upturned boat in Mountshannon Harbour – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

The Coast Guard boat secured the upturned boat and took it on tow. It took over an hour to recover the boat to Mountshannon harbour when a Coast Guard land crew was waiting to assist.

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.