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Crosshaven RNLI assist lone angler

Lifeboats News Release

Both Crosshaven and Kinsale RNLI lifeboats were launched at 11am this morning (Sunday 2 June) to assist a 17ft boat with one person on board, broken down off Roberts Cove in a strengthening Force 6/7 westerly wind.

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Crosshaven RNLI

The angling boat Deora De was nearby and responded to the distress call and took the casualty vessel under tow towards Crosshaven and met with Crosshaven lifeboat a mile South of Roches Point.

Due to the poor sea state and in agreement with the skipper of the Deora De, they continued the tow to Roches Point and calmer water before handing over the tow to the lifeboat, the volunteer crew of which then brought the vessel into Crosshaven. Kinsale RNLI was stood down when the Coast Guard were aware of the Deora De’s intervention.

The lifeboat was crewed by James Fegan with Molly Murphy, Susanne Deane and Jenna O’Shea. Shore crew were Mick Canty, Jonny Birmingham, Derek Moynan, Vince Fleming and Sandra Farrell.

Jon Mathers, Crosshaven RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: 'The arrival of the angling boat Deora De so quickly helped a situation that could have been catastrophic as the casualty boat was only 100 metres from the rocks and had an anchor which was dragging, compounded by the vessel being anchored by the stern into the weather. We would like to note our appreciation to the Skipper of the Deora De for his timely intervention.

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· Crosshaven lifeboat station has been operating since 2000. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: www.crosshavenlifeboat.org.

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For more information please telephone Jon Mathers , Crosshaven RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 086 2588714 or jon_mathers@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.

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