Courtmacsherry RNLI in call out to person trapped in a sea inlet
Courtmacsherry RNLI's all-weather Trent class lifeboat was called out this evening (Thursday 25 February), just after 5pm, to go to the immediate aid of a person who had got trapped in a sea inlet / sinkhole just off the slipway at Dunworley Beach near Butlerstown in West Cork.
Vincent O'Donovan, the Courtmacsherry RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: 'It has been an incredibly busy start of 2021 for our Station in Courtmacsherry with nine call outs and it was great to see the total dedication of so many voluntary people from all the rescue services today and everyday in these difficult Covid times, who drop-all and rush to the aid of others in difficulties.'
Vincent reiterated that is so important to call the rescue services at 112 or 999 quickly once any incident like this occurs, as the various rescue services are always at the ready 24 hours a day and every minute is so important to persons in difficulty.
The Courtmacsherry RNLI lifeboat crew involved in today’s call out were Coxswain Sean O'Farrell, mechanic Stuart Russell and crewmembers Mark Gannon, Peter Nunan and Sean Maxwell.
As we experience lockdown times for a few months more, we would stress to all those that are partaking in any water activities or planning a visit to the coast over the next month, to remember and follow RNLI safety advice below along with all new Government regulations and to stay safe in these different times for all Rescue Services.
�. Have a plan - check the weather forecast, tide times and read local hazard signage.
�. Keep a close eye on your family – on the beach, on the shoreline and in the water.
�. Don’t allow your family to swim alone.
�. Don’t use inflatables at all, at all on the sea.
- Make sure to wear a Lifejacket at all times when taking to the sea in a boat.
�. If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and Float.
�. In an emergency dial 999 or 112 immediately, and ask for the Coast Guard. The Rescue Services are there to help you all.
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 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.