Two adults and child in dinghy rescued off Doolin

Two adults and child in dinghy rescued off Doolin


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

Two adults and a child were rescued after they got into difficulty in a rubber dinghy off the Clare coast.

The 8ft (2.5m) inflatable boat was about a mile north of Doolin Point when the occupants raised the alarm on a marine band radio distress channel at around 4.00pm.

They reported they were in difficulty and required “immediate” assistance. It’s understood the small craft suffered engine failure and was at risk of being blown out to sea by the easterly wind.

Watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard’s marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry issued a radio call requesting any vessels in the area to assist if they were in a position to do so.

In the meantime, the Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard was alerted while the Shannon based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115, was also placed on standby.

A leisure craft, that had been nearby at the time, rendered assistance and took the dinghy on tow to Doolin where they were met by at the pier by Coast Guard members.

All three were checked by Coast Coast first responders to ensure they were unharmed and not in need of medical assistance. Once it was confirmed that all persons were safe and accounted for, all search and rescue assets were stood down.

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.