Coast Guard assists boat on Lough Derg

Coast Guard assists boat on Lough Derg


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

The Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard was called out this afternoon after a vessel was reported to be in difficulty on Lough Derg.

The volunteer team was tasked at around 4.30pm by watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard’s marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry.

A 27ft vessel, with one person on board, was reported to have experienced engine difficulties south of Scilly Island.

The skipper had dropped anchor before raising the alarm to ask the Coast Guard for assistance.

A boat crew launched from Killaloe and once on scene the vessel was assisted and taken on tow back to Annacarriga where a shore team was on hand to assist the crew to safely tie up the.

At 6pm all crews returned to base.

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.