Coast Guard assists sailor on River Shannon

Coast Guard assists sailor on River Shannon


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

Members of the Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard were called into action this morning to assist a lone sailor who got into difficulty on the River Shannon.

The alarm was raised at around 9.00am when the only occupant of a 40-foot sail boat contacted the Irish Coast Guard to request assistance. The skipper reported he was just south of Parteen Weir.

The vessel, which was en route to Limerick, had just past through the weir when it experienced engine difficulty. The skipper quickly dropped anchor in an effort to prevent the boat drifting and running aground.

Watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard’s marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry alerted the volunteer team based in Killaloe.

A boat crew launched from the Coast Guard base at Pier Head Killaloe and was alongside the casualty vessel within minutes. A land crew was also dispatched to Parteen Weir by road in case assistance was required.

The vessel sustained no damage and was taken on tow back to Killaloe where it was tied up safely.

About two hours after being alerted, the crew were stood down and returned to base.

The message from the Coast Guard is: “If you see someone in difficulty please call 999 or 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.