Baltimore RNLI provides assistance to a motor boat in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Baltimore RNLI was called out earlier this evening (Friday 7 August) to provide assistance to a motor boat in difficulty at Sherkin Island, off the coast of west Cork.

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The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their inshore lifeboat at 6.50pm, following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to assist an 18ft motor boat, with four people on board, which had broken down in Horseshoe Harbour, Sherkin Island, off the coast of west Cork.

The Baltimore inshore lifeboat arrived at the casualty vessel at 6.54pm. The owner of the motor boat had dropped an anchor and all occupants were wearing lifejackets. The lifeboat transferred volunteer crew member David Ryan on to the vessel. He established a tow and hauled the anchor, and the lifeboat commenced the tow for Baltimore at 6.59pm. The lifeboat towed the casualty vessel to it’s own mooring in Baltimore Harbour and once it was secured the lifeboat returned to the station, arriving at 7.24pm.

There were four volunteer crew onboard the lifeboat, Helm Micheal Cottrell and crew members Ryan O’Mahony, David Ryan and Eoin O’Driscoll. Assisting at the station were Jerry and Rianne Smith. Conditions at sea were calm with a westerly force 4 wind, a 0.5m sea swell and good visibility.

Speaking following the call out, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘Always remember when going to sea, to carry means of communication. If you get into difficulty at sea or on the coast, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’

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