Baltimore RNLI called out to assist a yacht in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Baltimore RNLI was called out yesterday (Sunday 16 September) to assist a yacht with engine failure south of Baltimore in west Cork.

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The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 11.10am following a request to assist an 18m yacht, with three people onboard, which had developed engine failure shortly after leaving Baltimore harbour on route to Valencia in Kerry.

The lifeboat with five volunteer crew onboard, coxswain Aidan Bushe, mechanic Micheal Cottrell and crew members Brian MacSweeney, Ronnie Carthy and Kieran Collins reached the vessel which was two miles south of Baltimore harbour at 11.23am. The lifeboat immediately secured a line to the yacht and towed the vessel back to Baltimore harbour, arriving at Baltimore pier at 12.12pm. Once the yacht was secured, the lifeboat then returned to station. Assisting at the lifeboat station was Cathal Cottrell.

Conditions at the time were moderate to rough with a westerly force 4 wind creating a 1.5-2m sea swell.

Speaking following the call out, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘With a series of gales forecast throughout the coming week, we would advise people to exercise caution along the coastline. If you get into trouble or see anyone in difficulty at sea or along the coast, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’

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For more information please contact Kate Callanan Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Tel: 087 290 6607

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