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Valentia RNLI launches to motor cruiser on fire with three people on board

Lifeboats News Release

Valentia RNLI volunteers launched their all-weather lifeboat yesterday afternoon (Saturday 14 July) to assist a 37ft motor cruiser with three people on board, which had caught fire.

Valentia RNLI responds to boat on fire with three people onboard


Valentia RNLI responds to boat on fire with three people onboard

At 1.00pm Valentia Coast Guard requested the Valentia RNLI all-weather lifeboat to assist a motor cruiser on fire, four miles south of Dingle harbour. Weather conditions at the time were described as good with clear visibility, force 3 to 4 with a 3 metre swell.

The motor cruiser was on a passage from Cahersiveen marina to Dingle harbour when the engine caught fire. Nearby vessels went to the aid of the cruiser on seeing smoke bellowing from it. The three casualties had left their vessel and entered an inflatable craft prior to being picked up by a local fishing trawler. Arriving on scene our crew members quickly assessed the cruiser which was completely alight. They then proceeded to bring the three casualties on board the lifeboat for a medical assessment. Two of the casualties suffered smoke inhalation and one sustained minor burns.

All three people received casualty care on board the lifeboat and were then transported to Dingle harbour where they met by awaiting ambulance. All three were taken to University Hospital Kerry for further treatment.

Speaking following the call out, Valentia RNLI Coxswain John Patrick Murphy said: ‘The three casualties were very lucky to have suffered only minor injuries. We would remind anyone to ensure they always have a means for calling help if in difficulty or they see someone else in difficulty and to always were a lifejacket.’


Notes to editors

  • Two photos show motor cruiser a blaze on scene

  • One photo shows Lifeboat at Dingle harbour with awaiting ambulance

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For more information please contact Michelle Curran Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Valentia RNLI Tel: 087 9513824 or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Tel: 087 1254 124 / 01 8900 460 email [email protected] or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 087 6483547 email: [email protected]

Cruiser on fire off Kerry


Cruiser on fire off Kerry
Valentia lifeboat at Dingle Harbour


Valentia lifeboat at Dingle Harbour

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