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Baltimore RNLI called out for the third time in 24 hours

Lifeboats News Release

Baltimore RNLI carried out a medical evacuation early this morning (Wednesday 26 June) from Sherkin Island off the coast of Baltimore, West Cork.

RNLI/Kate Callanan

Baltimore all-weather lifeboat (file image)

The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 5.22am following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to provide medical assistance and evacuation to a man on Sherkin Island.

The Baltimore all-weather lifeboat arrived at Sherkin pier at 5.32am. The casualty was brought onboard and the lifeboat departed the island at 5.35am. The lifeboat returned to the station in Baltimore and handed the casualty over to the care of HSE Ambulance crew at 5.48am.

There were seven volunteer crew onboard the lifeboat, Coxswain Aidan Bushe, Mechanic Cathal Cottrell and crew members Eoin Ryan, Jerry Smith, Pat Collins, Colin Whooley and Don O’Donovan. Assisting at the boathouse in Baltimore were David Ryan, Kieran Collins, Gerald O’Brien and Kieran Cotter. Conditions at sea during the call out were calm with an easterly force 1-2 wind, no sea swell and good visibility.

Speaking following the call out, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘In the past 24hrs there has been three call outs for Baltimore lifeboat. The all-weather lifeboat provided medical evacuations from the islands of Cape Clear and Sherkin whilst the inshore lifeboat provided a tow to safety for a pleasure craft that had broken down close to the entrance of the harbour. Our volunteer lifeboat crews are always ready at any time of the day or night to help people in need. If you find yourself in difficulty or in need of medical assistance at sea or along the coastline, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’

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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

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