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Baltimore RNLI launch to boat fire

Lifeboats News Release

Baltimore RNLI were called out to reports of a boat on fire off Sherkin Island in West Cork earlier this afternoon (Saturday 10 July).

RNLI/Sean McCarthy

Baltimore RNLI fighting boat fire off Sherkin Island

The volunteer lifeboat crew, under Coxswain Aidan Bushe, launched their all-weather lifeboat at 3.34pm, following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to attend a boat fire in Horseshoe Harbour, Sherkin Island off the coast of West Cork.

When the Baltimore all-weather lifeboat arrived at the scene at 3.39pm the occupants of the rib had already been removed to another vessel and all were safe.

Volunteer crew members from the lifeboat used the onboard fire hose on the burning vessel but unfortuntely the rib was beyond recovery and it sank a short time later. The lifeboat returned to the station, arriving at 4.07pm.

Conditions at sea during the call were calm with a south-westerly force 2-3 wind, no sea swell and good visibility.

Speaking following the call out, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘There were a number of vessels in the immediate vicinity at the time this fire broke out and Baltimore RNLI would like to thank those who assisted in bringing the occupants of the rib to safety. If you get into difficulty at sea or on the coast, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’


RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0872906607 or email [email protected] or contact Nuala McAloon, Regional Media Officer on 0876483547 or [email protected] or Niamh Stephenson, Regional Media Manager on 0871254124 or [email protected]

Niall Kearney

Baltimore RNLI arrives on scene of boat fire

Niall Kearney

Baltimore RNLI launched to boat fire

RNLI/Sean McCarthy

Baltimore RNLI launches to boat fire off Sherkin Island

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