Courtmacsherry RNLI assists four people on 38ft pleasure boat in difficulty
Courtmacsherry RNLI's all-weather Trent class lifeboat was called out yesterday evening (Saturday 18 September) at 6.10pm, to go to the aid of a 38ft pleasure boat with four people onboard, that sought assistance seven miles off the Seven Heads coastline in West Cork.
The lifeboat, Frederick Storey Cockburn under Coxswain Mark Gannon and a volunteer crew of five were away quickly from their moorings, when the pleasure boat's crew requested assistance after developing mechanical issues off shore.
Once the lifeboat reached the casualty at 6.40pm, Coxswain Mark Gannon and crew assessed the situation and decided to attach a towline to the disabled boat and proceed under tow at a safe speed to the nearest port of Courtmacsherry.
Conditions at sea this evening were reasonable with a rising swell off shore. The lifeboat arrived back to the safe surrounds of the Courtmacsherry Harbour pontoon at 8.15pm with the pleasure boat in tow.
Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Brian O'Dwyer said: 'It is always better to act quickly at sea in freshening conditions and it was good that the boat's skipper sought assistance this evening. Once again great credit goes to our crew in responding to our 23rd lifeboat call out so far in 2021.'
The lifeboat crew involved in the call out were Coxswain Mark Gannon, mechanic Dave Philips and crew members Mark John Gannon, Donal Young, Peter Noonan and Paul McCarthy.
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.