Courtmacsherry RNLI goes to aid of a pleasure boat off Seven Heads in West Cork
Courtmacsherry RNLI's all-weather Trent class lifeboat Frederick Storey Cockburn was called out yesterday morning (Monday 9 August) at 11.40am, to go to the aid of a 40ft pleasure boat that sought assistance three miles off the Seven Heads in West Cork.
The lifeboat under Coxswain Mark Gannon and a crew of six were away quickly from their moorings after the pagers were activated and they proceeded to the area of distress. Once the lifeboat reached the casualty at 12.15pm, Coxswain Mark Gannon assessed the situation and as the casualty was completely disabled with 12 people onboard, a decision was taken to put the lifeboat towline onboard the boat and proceed under tow to the nearest port of Courtmacsherry. The weather at sea was reasonable today and the lifeboat proceeded at a safe towing speed back to safe surrounds of the Courtmacsherry pontoon, arriving there at 1.30pm.
The Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat voluntary Lifeboat Operations Manager Brian O Dwyer said: 'It was very prudent to be alerted so quickly of the difficulties onboard the pleasure boat this morning and great that the lifeboat was able to bring the casualty back smoothly to Courtmacsherry Harbour on this our nineteenth call out of 2021.'
The Courtmacsherry RNLI lifeboat crew involved in the call out were Coxswain Mark Gannon, mechanic Stuart Russell and crew members Mark John Gannon, Ciaran Hurley, Jim O Donnell, Dave Philips and Conor Tyndall.
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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 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.