Coast Guard and RNLI deal with Lough Derg incidents

Coast Guard and RNLI deal with Lough Derg incidents

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

Two cruise boats, carrying a total of four adults and two children, had to be towed to safety after they got into difficulty on Lough Derg today.

The first incident involved a call to a boat reported to be drifting without power and later found to be taking on water. The second callout was for a vessel that suffered propeller failure.

Killaloe Coast Guard was tasked at around 12.30pm following a report of a boat adrift between Scilly Island and Parkers Point. The 27-ft cruiser, with two people on board, was reported to have suffered engine failure and drifting without power in the navigation channel.

Coast Guard volunteers raced to the scene where they soon located the casualty vessel near Garrykennedy Harbour off the Tipperary shore.

The cruiser was taken on tow by the Coast Guard boat and brought into Garrykennedy where it was safely tied up alongside. The man and woman on board were unharmed.

During further investigation of the vessel, it was discovered that the boat had been taking on water and that the engine compartment had flooded. Coast Guard personnel assisted by pumping the water from the compartment.

The Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat returning to station after a callout – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

In the meantime, at around 2.45pm, the Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was called out to investigate a report of a boat in difficulty.

On reaching the casualty vessel, RNLI volunteers found that the skipper had dropped anchor close to Whitegate, Co Clare and that his vessel’s propellers had failed after becoming fouled by the boat’s stern lines.

The lifeboat crew assessed the situation and established that the two adults and two children on board were unharmed and wearing their life jackets. The vessel was taken under tow to Dromineer Harbour were it was safely tied alongside despite challenging weather conditions.

At the time, winds on the lake were southerly force 5/6 with frequent squalls which made visibility at times poor.

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

 

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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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