Former Crosshaven RNLI crew member rescues two on inflatable
Aengus O’Donovan, a former Crosshaven RNLI crew member was returning to Crosshaven in his trawler, the 10m Majestic IV this afternoon (28 July) when he spotted two young men in a supermarket inflatable boat approximately one mile south of the Daunt Rock bouy and about 1.5 miles from the shore, havin
Aengus and his crewmate, Mathew Byrne, retrieved the two hypothermic casualties to his boat, wrapped them up in the wheelhouse and made for Crosshaven RNLI station where Deputy Lifeboat Medical Advisor Dr Larrie Martin and three of first responders, Alan Venner, Georgia Keating and Jenna O’Shea took control and treated the two men in the station and provide advice.
The inflatable was destroyed at the station.
Commenting on the incident, Hugh Mockler, Crosshaven RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: 'These supermarket inflatables are not designed for the sea as they are dangerous. We would like to commend Aengus for his seamanship and first aid skills in bringing the two men back to shore safely.'
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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.