Kilmore Quay RNLI Assist Three People Stranded on RIB

Lifeboats News Release

Kilmore Quay RNLI came to the assistance of three people stranded on board a 3 metre RIB off Ballyhealy Beach on Saturday afternoon (12 August

RNLB Killarney returning to Kilmore Quay

RNLI/Elaine Walsh

The volunteer crew were requested to launch their all-weather Tamar class lifeboat, Killarney, by the Irish Coast Guard on Saturday afternoon following a call from a concerned member of the public for three people on board a RIB anchored approximately 100 metres off Ballyhealy Beach. The weather was sunny but with a strong south westerly breeze blowing Force 6 to 7 causing large waves to form close to the shore.

The lifeboat immediately launched and arrived on scene at 3.30 pm. The crew quickly established that the three people on board were safe and well, transferring them to the lifeboat for passage back to Kilmore Quay. A towline was established to the RIB and the lifeboat was soon under way to Kilmore Quay.

Arriving back in the harbour at 4:50 pm, the casualty vessel was secured alongside the marina assisted by the Kilmore Quay unit of the Irish Coast Guard who also took care of the three casualties when they disembarked from the lifeboat. The lifeboat returned to its berth and was made ready for service again by the crew.

Speaking following the call out, Kilmore Quay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager John Grace, said: ‘Thankfully, today was a good outcome. The people involved had the good sense to stay on board the boat until help arrived. I would strongly urge anyone heading out to sea to tell someone where you are going and when you will be back, and most importantly carry a reliable means of communication, VHF or a mobile phone in a waterproof case, in case you need to call for help. I would also like to thank the Kilmore Quay Coast Guard unit for their assistance today.’

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