Friday 31 October 2014

Drama on the rocks as Coast Guard saves divers

Pat Flynn

Published 03/08/2014 | 02:30

That Shannon based search & rescue helicopter was deployed
That Shannon based search & rescue helicopter was deployed

Seven people were rescued from the Atlantic Ocean yesterday after their boat suffered engine failure and began drifting towards rocks off the Co Clare coast.

The group had been scuba diving about 400 metres from the shore in Liscannor Bay, south of Lahinch, when the alarm was raised at around 2.30pm. There were six divers on board along with the boat's skipper.

The Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard and the Shannon-based search and rescue (SAR) helicopter were requested to travel to the area and locate the boat as conditions were reported to be deteriorating.

The helicopter hovered overhead as the Doolin rescue team reached the powerless boat. The vessel had been at risk of being washed on to rocks. However, no one on board was injured.

The boat was taken on tow by the Doolin crew and brought to Liscannor.

The operation was coordinated by the Coast Guard's coordination centre at Valentia in Kerry.

Meanwhile, a short time earlier, a man was airlifted to hospital after suffering a fall on a golf course in Kilkee in Co Clare.

The man in his late 50s, believed to be from Limerick, had been golfing at Kilkee Golf Club when he fell backwards off a ditch.

The golfer had climbed over the ditch at the seventh hole to retrieve his ball. While climbing back on to the course he is believed to have lost his footing and fell back.

Sunday Independent

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