Union Hall RNLI launch to a speedboat in difficulty in Glandore Harbour

Lifeboats News Release

The 16-foot speedboat with three persons onboard had lost power between Adam and Eve at the entrance to Glandore Harbour in West Cork, this afternoon (Saturday 26 March).

From left to right John Kelleher LOM, Liam Limrick, Sean Walsh, Darren Collins, Helm Michael Limrick, Niamh Collins and Denis Nolan.

RNLI/Pamela Deasy

Volunteer crew

The Atlantic 85 Christine and Raymond Fielding lifeboat under helm Michael Limrick with volunteer crew Darren Collins, Liam Limrick and Sean Walsh launched in moderate to rough conditions with south east force 5 winds within a few minutes of the pagers being activated. They were quickly on scene where the vessel was drifting ashore. Michael, volunteer helm, assessed the situation and made the decision that undertaking a tow was necessary and the safest way to assist the casualties. A tow was quickly established and the vessel was escorted to the safety of the pier in Union Hall.

Following the call out, John Kelleher, Union Hall RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘With the unprecedented fine weather we are experiencing currently, we urge the public to remember to wear a life jacket and carry a means of communication. Today we also welcome and thank our new volunteer Niamh Collins on her first call out as shore crew with Union Hall RNLI.

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