Killaloe Coast Guard tows drifting boat to safety

Killaloe Coast Guard tows drifting boat to safety

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File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

Killaloe Coast Guard members were called out to a vessel reported adrift on the River Shannon this afternoon.

The boat, with one person on board, was reported to have suffered engine problems south of Killaloe Bridge.

A Coast Guard boat crew launched from their base at Pier Head at 3.15pm and reached the causality vessel within five minutes.

The vessel is understood to have suffered engine trouble and was being taken by the strong current towards Parteen Weir. The person on board was safe and well and wearing a life-jacket.

A tow line was set up and the vessel was safely towed back to Ballina where it was secured by a Coast Guard land crew who had travelled to the scene by road.

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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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