Baltimore RNLI on second call out of the day

Lifeboats News Release

Baltimore RNLI was called out to provide assistance to a yacht in difficulty in Baltimore harbour, West Cork this afternoon (Monday 3 May) in a second call out of the day.

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Baltimore inshore lifeboat - file image

The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their inshore lifeboat at 12.05pm, following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to provide assistance to a yacht with two people onboard that was in difficulty in strong wind and rough seas in Baltimore harbour. Two members of the public had raised the alarm.

The Baltimore inshore lifeboat crew arrived at the casualty vessel at 12.09pm and discovered it had broken free from a mooring and was caught by it’s rudder on a line in the harbour. Voluntary lifeboat crew member David Ryan went aboard the casualty vessel to establish a tow. The Baltimore inshore lifeboat towed the vessel through rough conditions in the harbour and put the boat on a mooring in the shelter of Sherkin Island. An anchor was also dropped from the yacht for added security. The occupants of the yacht were then brought back to Baltimore, and the lifeboat returned to station, arriving at 12.43pm.

There were four volunteer crew onboard the lifeboat, Helm Micheal Cottrell and crew members Pat O’Driscoll, David Ryan and Ian Lynch. Also assisting at the boathouse were Jerry and Rianne Smith. Conditions in the harbour during the call were very windy with a south westerly force 7-8 wind and 1.5m sea swell.

Speaking following the call out, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘We would like to commend the members of the public who raised the alarm today as soon as they saw the yacht was in trouble as it could have escalated very quickly in the poor weather conditions in the harbour at the time. This is the second call of the day for Baltimore RNLI who were called out to a medevac on Sherkin Island in the early hours of this morning. If you find yourself in need of assistance at sea or on an island call 999 or 112.’

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For more information please telephone Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0872906607 or email Kate_Callanan@rnli.org.uk or contact Nuala McAloon, Regional Media Officer on 0876483547 or Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson, Regional Media Manager on 0871254124 or Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

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