Search stood down for sinking vessel in Cork after it was declared a hoax

Search stood down for sinking vessel in Cork after it was declared a hoax
Volunteers from the Crosshaven RNLI were tasked to respond to reports that a vessel with four people on board was sinking off Spike Island. Source: Crosshaven RNLI Facebook

A search for a sinking vessel in Cork has been stood down after being declared a hoax.

Volunteers from the Crosshaven RNLI were tasked to respond to reports that a vessel with four people on board was sinking off Spike Island.

The alarm was raised at around 12.50pm.

However, after circumnavigating the island the crew did not find any evidence of the ship.

They also carried out a search in the Whitegate area.

Valentia Coast Guard stood down the crew after declaring the call a hoax and the volunteers returned to base.

Jon Mathers, a volunteer press officer with the RNLI in Crosshaven said that eight crew were tied up as part of the launch, which would have cost around €2,000.

He said that as a charity, the RNLI can ill afford to be tied up at hoax calls.

“The biggest problem with a hoax call is that a real call could come in and we would not be able to respond as we may be somewhere else,” he said.

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