Baltimore RNLI launched after boat runs aground in heavy fog off Baltimore
Baltimore RNLI launched in the early hours of this morning (Thursday 17 August), after a boat with three people on board ran aground in heavy fog near Baltimore in West Cork.
The volunteer lifeboat crew were paged at 00.39am to launch the lifeboat and go to the assistance of a 50ft vessel with three people on board. Sea conditions in the area were calm however visibility was poor due to fog that had descended at the time.
The lifeboat under the command of Coxswain Kieran Cotter and with mechanic Cathal Cottrell and crew members Pat Collins, Kieran Collins, Don O’Donovan, Jerry Smith and Micheal Cottrell proceeded to the area and reached the vessel within 15 minutes of launching. After assessing the vessel’s situation and checking the area around the vessel for any navigational hazards a tow was established and the vessel was pulled clear.
There was no apparent damage to the vessel and no injuries to anyone on board so the vessel made its own way to Baltimore harbour, escorted by the lifeboat. They arrived at the pier at 1.20am and the lifeboat then returned to station.
Speaking following the call out, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘With bad weather forecast for the next few days we would remind everyone taking to the sea to respect the water. Always wear a lifejacket and always carry a means of calling or signalling for help. If you get into difficulty at sea, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’
RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Kate Callanan Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Tel: 087 290 6607 or Baltimore RNLI Deputy Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Cyril Thornton Tel: 087 9876718
For more information please contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Ireland on 0876483547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Ireland on 0871254124 or 018900460 or email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk
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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
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