Courtmacsherry RNLI rescue six people on pleasure boat off Coolmain
The Courtmacsherry RNLI All Weather Lifeboat was called out at 12.16pm this afternoon (Sunday 2 July) to go to the aid of a 17ft pleasure boat that got into difficulties off Coolmain, east of the Old Head of Kinsale in West Cork.
The Courtmacsherry lifeboat under Coxswain Sean O Farrell and a crew of six launched immediately and reached the stricken casualty vessel within 15 minutes. The pleasure boat, with six persons on board had encountered engine difficulties and was blown onshore at the coastline called Nuns Cove.
On scene, the lifeboat crew assessed the difficulties with the casualty vessel and two lifeboat crew members Ciaran Hurley and Dean Hennessey used the Trent class lifeboat's X Boat to access the shoreline and secure a tow line to the vessel.
The lifeboat was then used to tow the boat away from the shoreline and subsequently brought it back to the safe haven of Courtmacsherry Harbour.
Conditions at sea were blustery with winds in the area blowing force 4/5 but rising from early afternoon.
The lifeboat crew on board today's callout were Coxswain Sean O Farrell and crew members Stuart Russell, Denis Murphy, Mark John Gannon, Dean Hennessy and the father and son combination of Micheal and Ciaran Hurley.
Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Brian O Dwyer commented, 'We are pleased that our Lifeboat was again fast away today with our ever ready volunteers always available and that the rescue was carried out with great skill and precision on a dangerous coastline in today's winds.'
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.