Rescue 115 in search for missing boatman

Rescue 115 in search for missing boatman


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The search for a lone boatman reported missing at sea off the Galway coast has been stood down after he was found safe and well.

An operation was mounted at around 1.30pm when a black currach was reported missing in the Lettermullan area of Connemara in Co Galway.

It’s understood there was one person on board, a man in his 20s. He is thought to have set out from a local pier at around midday.

Conditions in the area were said to be poor with winds of up to 70 kms an hour reported. The area is currently subject to a Yellow Status wind warning.

The Shannon based Irish Coast Guard search helicopter, Rescue 115, and the Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat were tasked to the scene along with the Costelloe Bay Coast Guard unit.

The casualty was located at around 2.20pm on the western side of Lettermullan. It understood the man had made it ashore safely.

The search operation has been terminated and all assets stood down.


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.