Baltimore RNLI provides assistance to a pleasure boat in difficulty
Baltimore RNLI was called out for a second time today (Tuesday 25 June) to a pleasure boat with engine trouble near the Kedge, east of Baltimore Harbour.
The inshore lifeboat was launched at 3.34pm at the request of the Irish Coast Guard to assist a 31ft pleasure boat, with two people onboard, that had broken down east of Kedge Rock which is 1 mile south east off the entrance to Baltimore Harbour.
The lifeboat with three volunteer crew onboard, helm Kieran Collins and crew members Ian Lynch and David Ryan reached the casualty vessel at 3.45pm and immediately secured a tow line to the bow of the vessel. After confirming the two people onboard were okay, they towed the vessel back to its own mooring within Baltimore Harbour. Once the lifeboat crew were happy that the casualty vessel was secure, they returned to Baltimore lifeboat station, arriving at 4.32pm. Assisting at the lifeboat station were Rianne and Jerry Smith, Eoin Ryan and Youen Jacob.
Conditions at the time were calm with a south easterly force 3 wind and no sea swell.
Speaking following the call out, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘There are a lot of areas along the coastline where phone signal is not available so it is important to remember when going to sea to carry a working VHF radio as a means of communication in an emergency and to wear lifejackets or buoyancy aids at all times. This is the second call out today for Baltimore lifeboat. Earlier the all-weather lifeboat was requested to provide a medevac from Cape Clear Island. If you get into difficulty at sea or on 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 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.