Baltimore RNLI called out to assist fishing vessel in difficulty
Baltimore RNLI was called out this afternoon (Wednesday 29 August) to a fishing vessel that had got into difficulty south of Kedge Island off the coast of Baltimore, west Cork.
The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat following a request from the Irish Coast Guard at 2.12pm to assist an 8-metre fishing vessel, with two people onboard, after it had become propped three miles off Kedge Island near Baltimore.
The lifeboat with five volunteer crew onboard, Coxswain Kieran Cotter, Mechanic Cathal Cottrell and crew members Don O’Donovan, Jim Griffiths and Emma Lupton reached the casualty vessel which was propped on floating discarded netting. The lifeboat established a tow and brought the vessel back to Baltimore harbour, arriving at 3.23pm. The lifeboat then returned to the station. Assisting at the lifeboat station was shore crew Vince Roantree.
Conditions at the time were calm with a north-westerly force 2-3 wind and slight sea swell.
Speaking following the call out, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘Todays call highlights one of the hazards of materials being discarded at sea. If you get into difficulty at sea or on the coast, 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 Niamh Stephenson RNLI Regional Media Manager Tel: 087 1254 124 / 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org or Nuala McAloon RNLI Regional Media Officer Tel: 087 6483547 email: Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org
Key facts about the RNLI
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, in a normal year, 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.