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Boat Catches Fire On Lough Derg.

Five people have been rescued from a boat which caught fire on Lough Derg, this afternoon.

On arrival at the scene, search & rescue personnel established that all five persons on board had been previously evacuated safely on board other private vessels in the area and had been transported to safety to Portumna, where they were met by ambulance paramedics and Coast Guard personnel.

All those rescued, thankfully, were found to be unharmed and not in need of any medical attention.

It had been confirmed that there were gas cylinders on board the boat, resulting in a radio message being issued to rescue crews at the scene.

After the blaze was brought successfully under control, the badly damaged craft was eventually towed from its navigation channel into shallow waters at Carrigahorig, Co. Tipperary, [latter located 7 km (4.3 mls) east of Portumna], before the rescue operation was eventually stood down.

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