Courtmacsherry RNLI in early morning call out to fishing boat in trouble
The Courtmacsherry RNLI all-weather Trent Class lifeboat Frederick Storey Cockburn was called out at 2.36am on Wednesday morning to go to the aid of an 85ft fishing boat which sought assistance as it got into difficulties near the Kinsale Gas Rigs approx 25 miles east of the Old Head of Kinsale in W
Under Coxswain Sean O Farrell and a crew of six, the Lifeboat Crew was underway within 10 minutes under the cover of darkness and immediately made its way to the area of the casualty. The distress alarm was raised by the fishing vessel with three crew on board when they fouled their propellers and became disabled while trawling in the area.
The lifeboat located the casualty at 4.15am and a tow rope was immediately attached in order to secure the fishing vessel in lumpy seas with a strong wind blowing 20 Knots.
The Lifeboat proceeded to tow the large stricken boat at low speed back to the safe surrounds of Kinsale Harbour and have just arrived there safely after being at sea for over 9 hours. The causality is now being docked at the Kinsale Pierhead.
Commenting on today’s early morning Call out, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Vincent O'Donovan praised all the Crew members and Station Personnel that responded from their beds quickly this morning when the bleepers went off and carried out this rescue with great professionalism in complete darkness and with the weather deteriorating.
The crew on board today’s early morning call were Coxswain Sean O Farrell, Mechanic Chris Guy and crew members Denis Murphy, Simon Locke, Jim O Donnell, Conor Dullea and Dean Hennessey.
Note to Editor
Of note is that the all-weather lifeboat will be open to the public on this coming Sunday from 2 to 5.30pm at the Courtmacsherry Pier as part of the Model Mania weekend in the village being organized by the Lifeboat Station. Models of all makes of lifeboats along with Model trains, boats, trucks, planes etc will be available for viewing in the Community Centre on both Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm with free entry on both days.
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 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.