Baltimore RNLI called to a second medical evacuation aboard a passenger vessel
Baltimore RNLI has been called out for a second time today (Friday 25 May) to a separate incident to a woman who got into difficulty on a passenger vessel in West Cork.
The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 4.25pm following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to provide medical assistance and evacuation to a woman aboard a passenger vessel approximately one mile south west of the Kedge off the coast of West Cork.
The casualty was transferred immediately to the lifeboat when it arrived on scene at 4.35pm. Casualty care was administered by the crew while the lifeboat made its way back to Baltimore lifeboat station. Once at the station, casualty care was continued by the lifeboat crew until the HSE Ambulance, a local GP and the Irish Coast helicopter from Waterford arrived and took over care, before transferring the patient to hospital via helicopter.
There were seven volunteer crew onboard the lifeboat, Coxswain Aidan Bushe, mechanic Cathal Cottrell and crew members Brendan Cottrell, David Ryan, Jerry Smith, Brian MacSweeney and Sean McCarthy. Assisting at the lifeboat house were Micheal Cottrell, Colin Rochford, Shane MacSweeney, Jason Pavry, Ryan O’Mahony, Pat O’Driscoll, Simon Duggan, Emma Lupton and Kate Callanan.
Weather conditions at the time were described as slightly choppy with a Force 2-3 north-easterly wind.
Speaking following the call out, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘This is the second call out within a couple of hours for Baltimore lifeboat to very similar incidents. Firstly, to a man and subsequently a woman both requiring medical assistance whilst aboard two separate passenger vessels. We would like to wish both patients full and speedy recoveries. 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
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 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.