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Baltimore RNLI called out for a second time in one day following Mayday

Lifeboats News Release

Baltimore RNLI was launched this evening (Friday 28 July) to a Mayday report of a Drascombe Lugger sailing boat with two people onboard taking on water in Schull Harbour.


Baltimore RNLI

The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat following a request from the Irish Coast Guard at 6.11pm. This was the second launch of the day for Baltimore RNLI.

The lifeboat proceeded to the scene with calm conditions at sea - a westerly force 4 wind and good visibility.

Schull Coast Guard’s inshore rescue boat was on scene first at 6.17pm and took the vessel under tow and brought it safely back to Schull Harbour. Baltimore RNLI was stood down at 6.22pm and the lifeboat returned to the station, arriving there at 6.40pm.

The lifeboat had seven volunteer crew onboard including Coxswain Kieran Cotter, mechanic Brian McSweeney and crew members Jerry Smith, Micheal Cottrell, Eoin Ryan, Don O’Donovan and Kieran Collins. Aidan Bushe and Rianne Smith provided shore crew assistance at the lifeboat house.

Speaking following the call out, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘The sailors did the right thing this evening and raised the alarm when they found themselves in difficulty. We would like to commend our colleagues in the Irish Coast Guard who arrived on scene and brought the vessel to safety.

‘We would encourage anyone taking to the sea this summer to respect the water. Always check the forecast and tide times before you go and make sure someone ashore knows where you are going and what time you are due back. Always wear a lifejacket and always carry a means of calling for help. If you get into difficulty 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 or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Tel: 087 1254 124 / 01 8900 460 email or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 087 6483547 email:

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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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