Medical evacuation from Trawler

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Published on: July 8, 2014

At 1:33am on Tuesday 8th July coastguard services alerted Baltimore Lifeboat to an urgent medical distress call. A fishing vessel with 2 people on board had raised the alarm when one of them had collapsed. As the other fisherman was attending to the casualty he was unable to either haul [...]

Baltimore Lifeboats in Diver search

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Published on: July 2, 2014

RNLI Baltimore Lifeboats were tasked at 9:52 today 02 July 2014 to assist at a dive incident in the Glandore / Castlehaven area. Two divers were reported in difficulty. One of them was recovered unconscious to the dive vessel and was airlifted to hospital but was later pronounced dead. Coxswain Aidan Bushe on the all weather life boat, Alan Massey, and Helm Micheal Cottrell on the Inshore Lifeboat  RIB, Alice and Charles, continued to search for the remaining missing diver. Relief crews went to Union Hall to refuel the ILB and for crew changes on the ILB & ALB. The search was stood down later in the afternoon when a second body was recovered from the water.

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ILB tows Dive RIB to safety in Schull

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Published on: July 1, 2014

The inshore lifeboat was requested to launch at 14:12 today to a 7 meter dive RIB experiencing fuel problems. At the time the RIB was positioned West of the Calf Islands. Helm Tadhg Collins and crew Diarmuid Collins and Jason Pavry towed the RIB to Schull pier and secured it [...]

ILB launched to reports of windsurfer in difficulty

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Published on: June 13, 2014

The Inshore Lifeboat was launched this afternoon Friday 13th June at 13:20 when reports of a windsurfer in trouble were received. Helm Tadhg Collins with crew Gerald O’Brien and Jerry Smith proceeded to an area one quarter mile west of Sherkin Island. They carried out an on scene search and [...]

RNLI Sea Safety @ Wooden Boat Festival 2014

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Published on: May 25, 2014

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Sea Safety officer Trevor Whelan and Fundraiser Pamela Deasy with volunteers Molly J Deasy and Liam Deasy.

Irish Times feature Baltimore RNLI Inshore lifeboat in data balloon rescue

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Published on: May 7, 2014

Cork students capture images of Ireland from camera attached to a balloon

Pupils delighted to discover camera survived fall to earth, landing at sea

Barry Roche

First published: Wed, May 7, 2014, 11:21

 

 
Pupils at a Corkschool are celebrating after their entry in an international competition to send a helium balloon into the stratosphere proved successful when they captured some impressive photographs of the earth.The eight pupils from Terence MacSwiney College in Knocknaheeny on the city’s northside, under the guidance of science teacher, Lillian Heylin, spent the past six weeks preparing their entry in the Global Space Balloon Challenge which is organised by academic institutions in the US.

The team made up of William O’Mahony, Aisling Walsh, Rebecca Murphy, Stuart Murphy, Josh Crean, Dominic Kelly, Jamie Twomey and Chloe Lingwood launched the balloon on Friday from the Valentia Observatory in Cahersiveen in Co Kerry with help from Mike Crean of Met Eireann.

Ms Heylin explained that the aim of the challenge, which saw the Cork school compete with post-graduate students at some top international universities, was to see how high the balloon could go before bursting and to capture images with a specially attached digital camera.

“The students had to work out the best position to locate the digital camera in a special styrofoam box and how to ensure it didn’t freeze at really high altitudes where the temperature drops to minus 60 degrees so there was a lot of science involved in doing the project,” she said.

According to Ms Heylin, they estimated that the balloon went up to 23kms in around 90 minutes before bursting and activating a parachute that safely brought the camera and a GPS tracker back to earth only to land in the sea some four miles off Baltimore in West Cork.

Terence MacSwiney College Principal, Willie McAuliffe tracked the balloon’s ascent and descent with the GPS tracker and was able to give the co-ordinates of where it landed to Jerry O’Brien of Valentia Coastguard who passed on the details to Baltimore Inshore Lifeboat.

The camera was recovered by Baltimore Inshore Lifeboat who handed it over to Lifeboat Operations Manager Tom Bushe who returned it to Mr McAuliffe who brought it back to Terence MacSwiney College where the students set about retrieving the photos from the digital camera.

“The kids were just so excited that the camera was recovered first of all and then to discover that it had worked perfectly to capture such fantastic images was a real surprise – they were delighted to get such beautiful pictures and they had such fun on the project, it really was a great success.”

Inshore Lifeboat Helm John Kearney with Pat O’Oriscoll and Conor Dempsey were happy to oblige with the search as part of a scheduled exercise.

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/cork-students-capture-images-of-ireland-from-camera-attached-to-a-balloon-1.1786568

 

Yacht aground between Heir and Cunnamore

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Published on: April 20, 2014

On a sunny Easter Sunday Morning, 20th April 2014, both the all weather lifeboat and inshore lifeboat were called upon to give assistance. A yacht had grounded on rocks at a treacherous stretch between Cunnamore Pier and Heir Island in West Cork on a falling tide. The 35ft yacht had 4 people on board at the time. The yacht was well aground when the lifeboats arrived.

The inshore lifeboat RIB crew went aboard the stricken vessel first. A line was secured to the yacht’s stern and another line to the masthead. Helm Tadhg Collins on the inshore lifeboat RIB pulled on the masthead line, heeling the yacht over to reduce her draught. Then Coxswain Aidan Bushe on the allweather lifeboat towed the yacht astern to release her from the rocks on which she was wedged.The lifeboat established a tow to bring the yacht to safety. There were no injuries. Winds were fresh North North Easterly.

On the allweather lifeboat Coxswain Aidan Bushe, Mechanic Cathal Cottrell, Eoin Ryan, Ronnie Carthy, Brian MacSweeny, Sean McCarthy, Jerry Smith

On the inshore lifeboat Helm Tadhg Collins, John Kearney, Jason Pavry

Medivac from Cape Clear Island

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Published on: April 7, 2014

Baltimore RNLI all weather lifeboat was tasked at 21:02 Sunday 6th April to Cape Clear Island. A child in the care of the Public Health Nurse required urgent medical attention. The lifeboat made best speed to North Harbour where the child was taken on board and brought to a waiting [...]

Sunday Independent feature article on coxswain Kieran Cotter

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Published on: February 7, 2014

The Sunday Independent featured Coxswain Kieran Cotter in it’s Waking Hours column last Sunday 2 February 2014

Screening of SS Alondra Rescue short film

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Published on: February 5, 2014

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A screening of the SS Alondra Rescue filmed as part of the Hope in the Great War project will take place in Jacobs on Thursday 6 th February at 9:15pm.

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