Members of Killaloe Coast Guard Unit responded to two call outs on Saturday night – one to a man who suffered a suspected heart attack and the second to a cruiser which ran aground on Lough Derg.
The man was airlifted to hospital after he suffered cardiac arrest on board a boat at Banagher. The Killaloe unit was alerted and responded as did the Shannon based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115.
Ambulance paramedics and gardaí also went to the scene where the boat had moored at Banagher. The man was removed by the helicopter crew and flown to Galway University Hospital.
While returning to their base at Killaloe, the unit was directed to a second emergency call. A 40-foot cruise boat with five people on board had run aground south of the Silly Island on Lough Derg. Conditions were bad with darkness setting in.
Shore teams were also sent to the area by road and a stricken cruiser was soon located and a Coast Guard volunteer transfer to the vessel to ensure all passengers were safe.
The craft was also checked to ensure it hadn’t been holed or was taking on water. When the vessel was declared undamaged, the cruiser made it’s way, accompanied by the rescue boat, to Ballina Quay where it was safely tied up.