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Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat in Callout to Windsurfer off Harbour View Strand in Courtmacsherry Bay

Lifeboats News Release

The Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat Station was alerted this afternoon Sunday Dec 12th at 3.25pm by the Valentia Coast Guard Marine Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, that a windsurfer had got into difficulties off Harbour View Strand in Courtmacsherry Bay and needed immediate assistance.

Courtmacsherry's RNLI orange lifeboat leaves the harbour on a shout
Courtmacsherry's All Weather Lifeboat taking off on the callout.
Within minutes of the Crew bleepers being activated, both the Station’s All Weather Trent Class Lifeboat “Frederick Storey Cockburn” and the Station House Inshore D Class Lifeboat were launched and headed to the scene of the alert.  Under Coxswain Mark Gannon, and a total of nine volunteer crew members, both boats sped to the area quickly as there was a strong force 7/8 wind with high swells at sea today.  Thankfully the Windsurfer in difficulty was able to get ashore safely with the help of other surfers and did not require any extra assistance when the Lifeboats arrived.   
The Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat voluntary Lifeboat Operations Manager Brian O Dwyer said “It was great to see the quick reaction of our volunteers today, who dropped whatever they were at and rushed to the station in order to help other in danger. It was good to get that 999 or 112 call for assistance made straight away, as minutes are so important in these incidents at sea”.
The Courtmacsherry RNLI All Weather Lifeboat  Crew today were Coxswain Mark Gannon, Mechanic Chris Guy and crew members Dara Gannon, Simon Locke, Micheal O Donovan and Dave Philips.   Crewing the Inshore D Class Lifeboat today were Ken Cashman, Tadgh McCarthy and Mark John Gannon. 
Once their mission was completed, for many of the Crew, it was back to watch the second half of Munster Rugby’s great win or back to erecting the Christmas Trees and decorations at home. The Lifeboats have now refuelled and re stocked, in readiness of whenever the next call to action may occur.  This was the 26th Callout of the year 2021 for the Courtmacsherry Station which is an all-time high for the Station.   

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