Two people and dog rescued on Lough Derg

Two people and dog rescued on Lough Derg


Photo: Killaloe Coast Guard

Two people and their dog were rescued on Lough Derg this morning after their cruise boat suffered engine problems.

Watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard’s marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry received a call at around 10.30am reporting a cruise boat experiencing engine difficulty just outside Garrykennedy harbour on the Tipperary side of the lake.

Conditions on the lake were said to be challenging at the time and the occupants of the vessel dropped their anchor to prevent them being blown onto rocks.

The volunteer Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard was alerted a crew quickly launched their base and proceed to the scene. Another team travelled to Garrykennedy by road to assist on shore.Once on scene a member of the Coast Guard boat was transferred to the casualty vessel where he first checked that all on board were safe and well. There were two people and a dog on board the vessel.

A tow line was set up and the vessel was taken on back to Garrykennedy where the shore team as on hand to assist in the safe mooring of the vessel.

The occupants of the boat and their dog were transported by the Coast Guard shore team back to Killaloe to meet a family member.


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.