Baltimore RNLI launches during Storm Hannah
Baltimore RNLI was launched this evening (Friday 26 April) to assist a fishing trawler near Sherkin Island, West Cork.
The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 8.30pm after learning of a local fishing trawler that was dragging its anchor. The 26.2m trawler, which was at anchor under Sherkin to shelter from Storm Hannah, was dragging due to high winds.
The Baltimore all-weather lifeboat arrived on scene at 8.43pm and transferred four extra crew aboard the trawler. Once they were satisfied that the casualty vessel was back at safe anchor the lifeboat returned to the station in Baltimore, arriving at 9.11pm.
There were seven volunteer crew onboard the lifeboat, Coxswain Kieran Cotter, Mechanic Cathal Cottrell and crew members Pat Collins, Aidan Bushe, Davey Ryan, Jerry Smith and Kieran Collins. Assisting at the boathouse in Baltimore were Micheal Cottrell, Brian MacSweeney and Rianne Smith. Conditions at sea during the call out were very rough with force 10 winds gusting to force 11, and a 2m sea swell within the harbour.
Speaking following the call out, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘With the orange weather warning in place it is advisable not to venture out unnecessarily. Sea conditions will remain rough over the next few days so exercise caution in particular 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.’
RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 087 2906607 or Kate_Callanan@rnli.org.uk or Nuala McAloon, Regional Media Officer on 0876483547 or Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson, Regional Media Manager on 0871254124 or Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk
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, 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.