RNLI crews respond to three emergency callouts in one day

RNLI crews respond to three emergency callouts in one day
Baltimore RNLI responded to two call-outs on Sunday. Picture: Colette O’Flynn

BALTIMORE RNLI and Crosshaven RNLI launched three lifeboats between them yesterday.

The first incident occurred at 10.46am when the crew launched a lifeboat after receiving notification that a 14-metre sailing yacht with two people onboard had run aground on rocks in Baltimore Harbour.

Minutes later, the lifeboat with four volunteer crew aboard arrived on the scene.

Lifeboat crewman Kieran Collins went aboard the casualty vessel and a tow was established. 

Fortunately, no damage had been done to the yacht which was then towed head to wind to allow the crew of the yacht to set their sails. 

Baltimore RNLI described the weather conditions at the time of the incident occurred as "blustery with a west north westerly force 4-5 wind and between 0.2m and 0.5m sea swell on the shore".

Later that day a second call-out occurred at 3.36pm amid reports that a rib had got into difficulty near Schull Harbour.

A short time later at 3.48pm, however, Baltimore RNLI was stood down.

Following the two call-outs, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said:

"As soon as the yacht had gone ashore the sailors alerted Kieran Cotter, the coxswain of the Baltimore all-weather lifeboat of their predicament and Kieran raised the alarm with the on-duty launch authority for Baltimore lifeboat. 

"There was a fast response time of 12 minutes from the alarm initially being raised to the inshore lifeboat reaching the casualty vessel. 

"In the second callout of the day, the inshore lifeboat launched but was stood down by the Irish Coast Guard a short time later as the occupants of the rib managed to get underway safely themselves without the need for any assistance.

"If you find yourself in difficulty on the water or along the coast, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard."

Crosshaven RNLI crew on rescue mission. James Fegan in command and Caoimhe Foster, Alan Venner and Derek Moynan also onbaord. Picture: Crosshaven RNLI
Crosshaven RNLI crew on rescue mission. James Fegan in command and Caoimhe Foster, Alan Venner and Derek Moynan also onbaord. Picture: Crosshaven RNLI

A third incident occurred at 5:35pm when Crosshaven RNLI rescued two capsized sailors East of the Spit Lighthouse within Cork Harbour.

On scene, the crew were transferred from the hull of the vessel to the lifeboat and a medical assessment was made. 

The Crosshaven Coast Guard rib also arrived on scene and the sailors were brought ashore to White Point, where their car was parked.

The volunteer RNLI crew righted the upturned vessel and towed it to the slip at White Point for retrieval.

Conditions in the harbour were relatively calm with a NW Force 3-4 wind.

Speaking after the service, JP. English, Deputy launching authority, commended the RNLI crew for their speed of response and the casualty crew for staying with their vessel whilst awaiting rescue. 

He reminded water users “to always carry a means of calling for help, and to Respect the Water at all times.”

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