Two rescued after boat runs aground on Shannon

Two rescued after boat runs aground on Shannon


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Two people had to be rescued last night after their boat ran aground on the River Shannon and the occupants were unable to confirm their exact location.

The search was mounted at 9.00pm when a concerned family member who reported that a cruise boat had run aground. They had been contacted by the two people on the boat who had poor English and could not give rescuers their precise whereabouts.

A boat crew launched from the Killaloe Coast Guard base at 9.15pm and located the vessel 1km South of Killaloe bridge.

A volunteer crew member was transferred to the casualty vessel where he found the two occupants were safe and well and were wearing lifejackets.

Because of the extremely shallow water around the vessel, Killaloe Coast Guard launched its second rescue boat. The D-Class was launched at Ballina slipway and is capable of operating in shallow water.

The boat was able to get alongside the ground cruiser and set up a tow line. The vessel was removed from the sand bank and taken on tow out to deeper water where it was able to continue its journey to Killaloe with the assistance of a Coast Guard crew member.

By 11:15pm the vessel was safely back in Killaloe and secured by a Coast Guard shore team.

The search operation was coordinated by watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard’s marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry.

It had been a long day for the Killaloe unit after responding to two emergency calls within hours of each other. The team had been involved in the search for a missing woman earlier in East Clare and successfully located her in dense forestry.

Missing woman found safe during search

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.