Kilrush RNLI lifeboat launched to capsized sailing catamaran
Kilrush RNLI lifeboat launched at 11.30am today (Sunday 8 November 2020) to a report of a capsized catamaran drifting near Corlis Point on the Shannon Estuary.
Kilrush RNLI volunteers were requested by Valentia Coast Guard, in favourable conditions, to Corlis Point on the County Clare shore of the Shannon Estuary. The casualty vessel, a five metre sailing catamaran, was located within minutes. Due to technical issues, the two occupants were unable to right the vessel and were drifting with the tide. The occupants were unharmed and the crew of Kilrush RNLI assisted in righting, and escorted the vessel back to Poulnasherry Bay, where they originally launched. Kilrush RNLI were stood down and returned to station at 1pm.
As the current COVID-19 restrictions continue to apply, Kilrush RNLI remain ready to launch should they be required. On Wednesday 4 November 2020, Kilrush RNLI responded to a report that a speedboat was drifting between Glin and Tarbert on the Shannon Estuary and was a danger to navigation. Kilrush RNLI located and towed the vessel, which had no occupants, to Tarbert Island.
Charlie Glynn, Kilrush RNLI Helm said: 'During COVID-19 restrictions Kilrush RNLI’s readiness to launch has not changed and continue to be fully operational and on call 24/7. Our two main priorities are the wellbeing of our volunteers and maintaining our lifesaving service. We want everyone to enjoy their time on the water while staying safe. Before you head out on the water make sure you are prepared and have checked the weather conditions, wear a lifejacket and make sure you have a means of calling for help should you need it. We urge anyone who sees somebody in trouble in the water or along the coast to use VHF Ch 16 or Dial 112 (or 999) and ask for the Coast Guard.'
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, 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.