Former Crosshaven RNLI crew member rescues two on inflatable

Lifeboats News Release

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

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The wind was blowing offshore.

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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