Union Hall RNLI responds to two call outs in last fortnight

Lifeboats News Release

It is shaping up to be the start of a busy season for the volunteer lifeboat crew at Union Hall RNLI with two call outs in less than two weeks.

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Union Hall RNLI

On Saturday 8 April, the inshore lifeboat launched at 1214pm to Rabbit Island with reports of two sheep spotted on a low lying cliff at the side of the island.

The crew went to the island to access the situation, and to eliminate the risk of members of the public trying to assist the sheep. The volunteers went ashore and helped the sheep back onto the island, left them grazing and returned to Union Hall pier.

On Monday 17 April Union Hall RNLI was requested by Valentia Coast Guard at 9.26pm and launched five minutes later to reports of two red flares spotted near Adam Island at the mouth of Glandore Harbour.

On this occasion, the lifeboat crew proceeded to the scene and were joined by the Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 and Toe Head Glandore Coast Guard Unit who also had their shore crew assist. A thorough search was conducted of the inner harbour and islands at the mouth of Glandore harbour. Nothing was found and Union Hall RNLI was stood down at 10.53pm.

Speaking following the call outs, Pamela Deasy, Union Hall RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘As we approach the Summer season we would remind everyone to respect the water and remember if you see anything suspicious or someone in trouble over the coming months, call 112/999 and ask for Coast Guard’.

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