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Courtmacsherry RNLI rescue four people on 80ft vessel off West Cork coast

Lifeboats News Release

Courtmacsherry RNLI's all-weather lifeboat was called out at 7pm this evening (Saturday) to go to the aid of an 80ft fishing boat that got into difficulties 15 miles south of The Seven Heads in West Cork.

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Courtmacsherry RNLI rescue four people on 80ft boat

The lifeboat under Coxswain Ken Cashman plus a crew of five launched the Trent class lifeboat immediately and proceeded at full speed to the distress area as the large trawler with four crew onboard sought assistance.

The stricken vessel was located at 7.45pm and an immediate tow was put in place.

The lifeboat proceeded to tow the casualty, at low speed, back to the safe haven of Kinsale where it will be berthed.

Conditions at sea tonight were misty force 3/4 winds with a strong swell.

Ardent Ireland supporters all, the volunteer lifeboat crew would have been looking forward to watching the football battle in Copenhagen tonight but instead took to the sea quickly to help others that needed their assistance.

The crew of the lifeboat were Coxswain Ken Cashman , Mechanic Stuart Russell and crew members Ciaran Hurley, Conor Dullea, Denis Murphy and Evin O Sullivan.

Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Brian O Dwyer praised the crew for carrying out the rescue with great speed and professionalism and again thanked them and all the station personnel for sacrificing the soccer battle in Copenhagen in order to help others in distress.

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For further information if required, please contact Vincent O Donovan, Courtmacsherry RNLI Station LPO at 086 2530637 it Lifeboat House at 023 9946600.

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