Coast Guard assists cruiser crew on Lough Derg

Coast Guard assists cruiser crew on Lough Derg

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The Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard assisted two people on board a cruiser drifting on Lough Derg this evening. 

At 6.30pm the unit was paged watch officers at the Coast Guard’s marine rescue sub centre (MRSC) on Valentia Island after they received a call from the occupant of a 40-foot cruiser reporting the vessel’s engine was overheating.

The Killaloe Rescue boat (Dalton) was launched within minutes of being paged and arrived alongside at 6.45pm. All on board were found safe and well but the vessel could not carry on its journey to Killaloe.

A tow line was set up and the vessel was taken on tow back to Killaloe where a Coast Guard shore team was on hand to assist with the safe mooring of the vessel.

At 8pm the Coast Guard crew were back on station and all equipment was made ready for the next call.

A spokesman said: “We would encourage all boat users if you do experience engine difficulty or need any emergency assistance please don’t hesitate to call 999/112 and ask for the Coast Guard.”

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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.

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