Baltimore RNLI Assist Yacht in Difficulty 25 Miles South of West Cork Coast

Lifeboats News Release

Baltimore RNLI were called out this morning (Thursday 15 September) to provide assistance to a yacht with one person onboard that got into difficulty 25 miles south of Glandore, West Cork.

Baltimore RNLI's All Weather Lifeboat

RNLI/Michael Cottrell

Baltimore RNLI's All Weather Lifeboat

The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 8.35am, following a request from the Irish Coast Guard. They were tasked to a 30 foot yacht, with one person on board, which had become propped on a fishing net that was floating on the surface, 25 miles south of Glandore Harbour off the coast of West Cork.

The Baltimore all-weather lifeboat crew arrived at the casualty vessel at 10am. After making sure the person onboard was okay, Coxswain Aidan Bushe assessed the situation and decided that undertaking a tow was necessary and the safest way to assist.

Volunteer crew members from the lifeboat passed a tow to the yacht and once a secure tow was established the lifeboat and casualty vessel were underway. The lifeboat proceeded to Baltimore Harbour. On arrival within the harbour volunteer lifeboat crew member Brendan Cottrell was transferred on to the casualty vessel to assist with berthing.

Once the casualty vessel was secured at the pier in Baltimore, the lifeboat then returned to the station, arriving at 1.40pm.

There were five volunteer crew onboard the lifeboat; Coxswain Aidan Bushe, Mechanic Cathal Cottrell and crew members Pat Collins, Brendan Cottrell and Sean McCarthy. Conditions at sea during the call were calm with a north easterly force 3 wind, a 1m sea swell and good visibility.

Speaking following the call out, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘It has been a busy month so far for Baltimore RLNI who have been on a total of four call outs between 4th and 15th September, including two medical evacuations from Sherkin and more recently Cape Clear Islands. Please remember, if you get into difficulty at sea or on the coast or an island, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’

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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]

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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.

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