Volunteer crew from Kinsale RNLI launched twice overnight on Saturday (6 August) and into the early hours of Sunday (7 August).
Kinsale RNLI lifeboat first launched at 9.40pm to aid a 26ft yacht that had become propped. Visibility was poor and weather conditions were deteriorating as the vessel was located south of the Sovereign Islands. Volunteer lifeboat crew member Aidan Henry boarded the vessel to set up a stern tow until the lifeboat reached the Charles Fort area, when the yacht was taken alongside and returned safely to the Kinsale Yacht Club marina. The RNLI lifeboat returned to the station to be refuelled and made ready for service.
At 3.23am on Sunday morning (7 August) the emergency pagers went off for a second time in response to reports of distress flares in the Summercove area. Nick Searls and Jonathan Connor, who attended the earlier incident, were joined by Mark Lewis as the lifeboat searched Kinsale’s inner and outer harbours in poor visibility. The Waterford Coast Guard helicopter and Coast Guard units from The Old Head of Kinsale and Kinsale also conducted an extensive search of the area but no vessels or persons in distress were located. The operation was called off by the Coast Guard at 5.15am.
Kinsale RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager John O’Gorman said, ‘Flares are there to save lives at sea and are a vital piece of equipment for any vessel. When the RNLI receives a report of a flare being released, we respond immediately. We would ask every member of the public to be aware that flares should only be used in a genuine emergency as it sets in train an operation involving a large number of RNLI volunteers and resources and members of other rescue services.’
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