Donate now

Crosshaven RNLI respond as five teenagers rescue man clinging to marker buoy

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteers of Crosshaven RNLI were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat yesterday evening (Sunday 23 August) to a report of a person in the water in the Ringabella/Fountainstown area of Cork.

RNLI/Jon Mathers

Crosshaven RNLI
The crew received the pager alert at 7.32pm and were en route when information was received that two persons were in the water and clinging to a marker buoy near the back strand at Fountainstown.

On arrival, one adult had been taken from the water by a RIB which responded to the Irish Coast Guard PAN PAN radio call and was handing the casualty into the care of Crosshaven Coast Guard at Fountainstown beach. The younger casualty had made their own way ashore and was being cared for by the Irish Coast Guard. The Rescue 117 helicopter from Waterford transported the two casualties to Cork University Hospital for a check up.

Crew on the service were Helm Ian Venner with Aoife Dinan, Susanne Deane and Jon Bermingham. Shore crew were Gary Heslin and Richie Leonard.

The RIB which responded was crewed by five 16-year-olds who were fishing in White Bay when they heard the PAN PAN call and responded immediately to the incident.

Coincidentally, three of the RIB crew have RNLI connections. Jamie Venner is the son of Ian Venner who was also the Helm on the service, Cillian Foster is a brother to Caoimhe Foster who is also Crosshaven RNLI crew and Richard McSweeney is the son of former Baltimore RNLI crew member Ciaran McSweeney. The other crew on board were Kate Horgan and Harry Pritchard.

Speaking following the call out, Jon Mathers, Crosshaven RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer said: 'Crosshaven RNLI commends the five youngsters for acting so professionally and swiftly in rescuing the casualty in need. Our future is safe in their hands.'


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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.