Courtmacsherry RNLI in rescue of two anglers in small pleasure boat
The Courtmacsherry RNLI all-weather lifeboat was called out at 2pm yesterday (Thursday 13 September) to go to the aid of an 18ft pleasure boat with two anglers onboard who got lost and sought assistance two miles south of the Old Head of Kinsale in West Cork.
Under Coxswain Sean O'Farrell and a crew of five, the lifeboat was underway within minutes. The distress alarm was raised by the two Belgian anglers who were fishing off the coast at the Old Head of Kinsale and got lost as they headed out to sea. As the seas were roughening and wind picking up, the only bearing that they could give when seeking assistance was that they could see a lighthouse in the distance.
The lifeboat found the casualties at 2.30pm and duly escorted the fishing craft back to the village of Courtmacsherry, arriving at 4.10pm.
Both anglers were relieved this evening to be back on shore and they praised the fast response and skills of the lifeboat crew in locating them so quickly. The sea was getting rough off the Old Head of Kinsale and they had become extremely worried, as they had no idea as to where they were.
It was a fast call out and Courtmacsherry RNLI Deputy Launching Authority Dermot O'Mahony praised the crew for the fast response during a mid week working day and for putting the safety of others at the top of their priorities.
The crew on the Callout were Coxswain Sean O'Farrell, mechanic Stuart Russell and crew members Ken Cashman, Austin McKenna and Conor Dullea.
Seeing the lifeboat off on today's rescue were two great friends of the lifeboat station, UK Lifeboat Model Makers Alan Wilson and Eric Newton who were paying a visit to the village and lifeboat station this week.
RNLI Media Contacts
For further information if required contact Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat LPO Vincent O Donovan at 086 2530637 or Lifeboat House at 023 8846600.
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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.