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 [...]
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.
(Photo Youen Jacob)
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 [...]
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 [...]
Sea Safety officer Trevor Whelan and Fundraiser Pamela Deasy with volunteers Molly J Deasy and Liam Deasy.
Cork students capture images of Ireland from camera attached to a balloon
Pupils delighted to discover camera survived fall to earth, landing at sea
First published: Wed, May 7, 2014, 11:21
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.
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
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 [...]
The Sunday Independent featured Coxswain Kieran Cotter in it’s Waking Hours column last Sunday 2 February 2014