Coast Guard assists cruiser on Lough Derg

Coast Guard assists cruiser on Lough Derg


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

The Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard was called into action this afternoon to assist three people on board a cruiser that had run aground on Lough Derg.

The volunteer crew had just completed a training exercise at around 1.00pm when they were requested to relaunch their boat and respond to the incident.

Watch officers at the Coast Guard’s marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry were alerted to a vessel, with three persons on board, in difficulty close to the Clare shore.

A boat crew proceeded to the location north of Deer Rock and reached the scene within minutes.

On arrival at the scene, Coast Guard volunteers assessed the vessel and found that it had not been damaged and that all on board were safe and well.

A crew member was transferred to the causality vessel and it was towed back out to the navigation channel. The Coast Guard member remained on board until the vessel was safely back in Mountshannon harbour.

Killaloe Coast Guard also thanked a local fisherman for his assistance in today’s callout.

Today’s tasking was the third callout for the team in the last 5 days.

Remember, if you see someone in difficulty please call 999/112 and ask for the Coast Guard.


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.