Baltimore RNLI launched for a second time in one day
Baltimore RNLI launched for a second time today (Sunday 22 September), after a rib (rigid inflatable boat) got into difficulty near Schull harbour in west Cork.
The Baltimore inshore lifeboat launched at 3.36pm following a request by the Irish Coast Guard to go to the assistance of a rib with five people onboard which had broken down and was at anchor off Castle Point near Schull harbour.
The lifeboat with four volunteer crew aboard, helm Micheal Cottrell and crew members Youen Jacob, Ryan O’Mahony and Colin Rochford launched but were stood down a short time later and returned to the boathouse at 3.48pm. Assisting at the boathouse were Jerry and Rianne Smith.
Conditions at the time of the call were blustery with a west north westerly force 5-6 wind and up to a 1.5m swell outside of Baltimore harbour.
Speaking following the call out, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘The inshore lifeboat launched but was stood down by the Irish Coast Guard a short time later as the occupants of the rib managed to get underway safely themselves without the need for any assistance. This is the second call out of the day for Baltimore RNLI, with the inshore boat assisting a yacht that had gone aground in Baltimore harbour earlier in the morning. If you find yourself in 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 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.