Four people and a dog rescued on Lough Derg

Four people and a dog rescued on Lough Derg


Killaloe Coast Guard on Lough Derg – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

The RNLI and Irish Coast Guard responded to two incidents on Lough Derg this evening, rescuing four people and a dog.

The first callout involved a cruiser, with three people and their family pet on board, which suffered engine failure close to the Clare shore at around 3.30pm.

The Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard was tasked to assist the occupants of the 27-foot cruiser which got into difficulty about two miles north of Killaloe.

Without power, the vessel was blown onto the Clare shore however those on board managed to drop their anchor.

Killaloe Coast Guard dispatched a boat crew and a shore team who travelled to the scene by road. A crew member was transferred to the casualty vessel and set up a tow line. The cruiser was then taken on tow back to Killaloe where it was safely tied up.

The Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

In the second incident, shortly afterwards, the Dromineer-based Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was alerted and launched by 4.14pm.

A man on board a cruiser reported having run aground North of the mouth of the Scarriff River.

The volunteer crew crossed the lake to the scene, approached the casualty vessel carefully, using navigational equipment on board and taking soundings to check depths. They set up a tow and brought the vessel into safe water.

After a thorough check of the vessel and confirming there was no damage, the lifeboat accompanied the casualty vessel up the Scarriff river with a crew member on board. Once the cruiser was safely tied up, the crew member transferred back to the lifeboat and the team was stood down.

No one was injured in either incident.

Both incidents were coordinated by watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard’s marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry.

Last Thursday, the Lough Derg lifeboat assisted four adults and three children after their 60-foot cruiser lost steering and ran aground.

During the first week of April, a total of 20 people were assisted or rescued by search and rescue services on Lough Derg. In one incident, six men had to be rescued by Killaloe Coast Guard after their cruise boat collided with a bridge.


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.