Baltimore RNLI launched after sailing vessel gets into difficulty near Baltimore
Baltimore RNLI launched this afternoon (Thursday 19 September), after a sailing vessel went ashore on Spanish Island near Baltimore harbour in west Cork.
The Baltimore inshore lifeboat launched at 4.44pm following a request by the Irish Coast Guard to go to the assistance of a 14 foot sailing dinghy with two people on board that was in difficulty at Spanish Island.
The lifeboat with three volunteer crew aboard, helm Kieran Collins and crew members David Ryan and Kieran O’Driscoll, arrived on scene at 4.46pm to find the boat on the rocks and the two casualties, who were both wearing lifejackets, ashore on the island. Lifeboat crewman Kieran O’Driscoll was transferred on to the casualty vessel and established a tow line, he then assisted the sailors back on board. The inshore lifeboat pulled the vessel clear of the shore and after checking for damage, towed the vessel back to the pier in Baltimore. Once the vessel was secured to the pier and both sailors were happy, the inshore lifeboat returned to the boathouse at 5.12pm. Assisting at the boathouse were Jerry Smith and Marty O’Driscoll.
Conditions at the time of the call were calm with an easterly force 2-3 wind and no sea swell.
Speaking following the call out, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘The sailors did the right thing in asking for assistance as they were unsure of how to proceed once the boat had gone ashore. They were both wearing lifejackets and were carrying mobile phones which they used to call the Coast Guard to alert them of their situation. If you get into difficulty on the water 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.