Castletownbere RNLI goes to the assistance of injured child on Bere Island
Castletownbere RNLI was launched last night (Saturday 13 August 2022) just after 10pm to go to the assistance of a child who had fallen in Bere Island off the coast of West Cork.
Castletownbere RNLI's lifeboat volunteer crew were requested to launch by Valentia Coast Guard Marine Coordination Centre to provide assistance to the injured child in the village of Rerrin at the eastern end of the island.
The lifeboat was launched within minutes under the command of Coxswain Dean Hegarty with crew David O’Donovan, Martin Cronin, Dave Fenton, and Andrew O’Neill.
Conditions were described as very calm. On arriving at the pier in Bere Island, tidal conditions were such that the lifeboat was unable to berth and so the lifeboat’s inflatable Y-boat was launched. The casualty, accompanied by her mother, was then transferred by stretcher to the lifeboat.
On arrival at Castletownbere RNLI Station, the casualty was met by paramedics from the National Ambulance Service and she subsequently received medical assessment and attention.
Commenting on the call out, Castletownbere RNLI Deputy Launching Authority, Felix O’Donoghue, stated: ‘Thankfully, this was a very straightforward call out and everything went very smoothly – we wish the girl a full and speedy recovery’.
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