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Crosshaven RNLI lifeboat launches in response to cries for help

Lifeboats News Release

A man was rescued this evening after falling overboard from his vessel.

Stock photo take on Owenbue river Crosshaven

RNLI/Jon Mathers

Stock photo John and Janet Crosshaven lifeboat
The volunteer crew from Crosshaven were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat at 5.20pm this evening to reports of a person shouting for help at Drakes Pool, a mile upriver from the lifeboat station.

On arrival, it was found the casualty had managed to remove himself from the water and onto another moored vessel after being in the water for up to 30 minutes, and was extremely cold and hypothermic. The crew immediately medevaced the casualty back to the lifeboat station where he was assessed by Dr John Murphy, Crosshaven RNLI’s doctor and put into a hot shower before being taken by ambulance to Cork University Hospital for further evaluation.

Speaking following the the call out, Phil Maguire, Crosshaven RNLI Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘We wish the casualty well following what must have ba frightening experience

The casualty was wearing a life jacket, but this failed to inflate. It highlights how important it is to have your safety equipment checked and kept in good order.

Crew on this service were Vince Fleming, Denis Cronin, Molly Murphy and Susanne Deane.
Shore Crew, Michael McCann, Robbie and Mary O’Riordan.


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