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Killaloe Sailing Coach Rory Miley is a Good Man to have Around When Things go Wrong on Lough Derg

28th June 2021
All in a day’s work…….the observant eyes and quick thinking of Rory Miley averted a serious incident near Killaloe
All in a day’s work…….the observant eyes and quick thinking of Rory Miley averted a serious incident near Killaloe Credit: courtesy Killaloe Sailing Club 

The man of the moment at Killaloe Sailing Club on Lough Derg is their sailing coach Rory Miley, who was instructing on the adult course on Sunday afternoon when he spotted a small cruiser up the lake with the crew waving for help. Rory went to assist, and found an elderly man in the water without a buoyancy aid, and some way off from the cruiser in significant distress.

Apparently he’d been in the water for some time, but Rory managed to get him into the KSC safety boat, then back on the cruiser (which had broken down) to reunite him with his distressed grand-daughters.

Rory then called the coast guard to tow them back to Killaloe, and having double-checked that all was okay, he returned to continue coaching his students.

Published in Rescue, Inland Waterways
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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland for many years in print and online, and his work has appeared internationally in magazines and books. His own experience ranges from club sailing to international offshore events, and he has cruised extensively under sail, often in his own boats which have ranged in size from an 11ft dinghy to a 35ft cruiser-racer. He has also been involved in the administration of several sailing organisations.

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