Inshore Lifeboat assists with Medical Evacuation in Roaring Water Bay

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Published on: December 11, 2014

The inshore lifeboat was called to give assistance when a medical emergency occurred on board a 75ft fishing vessel in Roaring Water Bay. The two crew on board had been pumping the vessel bilges with a petrol pump when one of them became overcome with fumes and collapsed. The boat [...]

Baltimore Lifeboat in service at Padstow

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Published on: December 7, 2014

Baltimore lifeboat crew on passage to Falmouth were tasked to a search & rescue operation off the N coast of Cornwall. Reports of a missing person in Padstow Harbour lead to a full scale operation coordinated by Falmourh coastguard. The search was called off after 3 hours when it was [...]

Shannon Rescue Helicopter tests new landing site

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Published on: November 24, 2014

Shannon based Rescue 115 visited the field adjacent to Baltimore Lifeboat Station on Saturday 22nd November to test it out as a landing field for casualty evacuation. Following the construction of the ALB berth, the rock spoil extracted was spread over the old field. It was reseeded at the beginning of the summer to create a level area and the helicopter crew commented on the excellent location and suitability.

Relief Trent ‘takes station’

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Published on: November 24, 2014

Following an unexpected mechanical breakdown, whilst on the way to Castletownbere for its 6 monthly haul-out, Baltimore Tamar “Alan Massey” has been placed off service for an extended period. A replacement engine needs to be fitted. A relief boat was allocated and a passage crew travelled to Dun Laoghaire on Saturday 15th November to bring her back over the weekend. If you’re wondering why she looks different – it’s a Trent.

Training exercises were run from Monday to Wednesday by Sean O’Farrell and Stuart Russell of Courtmacsherry LB to ensure the crew were conversant with the different systems. It is unclear how long she will be at station but it is hoped that a Relief Tamar will become available soon.

 

Timber sailing vessel on rocks in Crookhaven

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Published on: October 19, 2014

The all weather lfeboat Alan Massey was tasked to go the assistance of a 25ft timber sailing vessel today, Sunday 19th October when a sailing yacht broke her moorings and drifted onto rocks in Crookhaven harbour.

The lifeboat was launched at 13:18 in high winds and a 4 metre swell and proceeded across Roaring Water Bay arriving onscene at 14:02. Coxswain Kieran Cotter directed launch of a small tender, called a Y boat, to go alongside the stricken vessel to carry out an assessment. Crewmen, Ger Sheehy and Tadhg Collins skilfully manouevred the Y boat into position in high winds (force 6-7) placing a pump on board.

After a considerable attempts at pumping it was determined that the pump was not having any effect in displacing water.  Towing the yacht out into the harbour was discounted due to the likelihood of it sinking.  It was decided that salvage from the shore at low tide was the safest option. The lifeboat returned to station in Baltimore at 15:57

On board were ; Coxswain, Kieran Cotter, Mechanic,  Cathal Cottrell and crew Pat Collins  Ronnie Carthy,  Tadhg Collins,   Jerry Smith (navigator) and  Ger Sheehy

Lifeboats tows motor boat adrift off Castlehead

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Published on: September 3, 2014

A 30ft motor boat with 2 people on board experienced engine failure this afternoon. The boat was near Castle Head at the time of the incident. Coxswain Kieran Cotter set out on the all weather lifeboat Alan Massey at 13:09. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 14:11 at which time [...]

30ft fishing boat towed to safety

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Published on: September 2, 2014

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A beautiful sunny Autumn afternoon brought jeopardy for 2 men who had set out fishing. They had been drifting on a 30 ft motor boat off Yokane Point, West of the Stags. When they went to restart the engine it became apparent that a fault had occurred. They called for assistance having established that there was a problem with the filters. The RNLI lifeboat launched at 16:45 within minutes of the alert and arrived at the drifting vessel at 17:10. Coxswain Aidan Bushe went alongside the fishing boat, crewman Kieran Collins established a tow at 17:15. The lifeboat towed the fishing boat to safety arriving Baltimore Harbour 17:50. The motorboat was secured to the pier at 18.05. The lifeboat returned to the station at 18.20 and was ready for service again at 19.00 after essential cleaning and maintenance.

On board were Coxswain Aidan Bushe, mechanic Cathal Cottrell, Brian McSweeney, Sean McCarthy, Kieran Collins, Micheál Cottrell and RNLI staffer Johnny Clooney.

Finally made North Harbour

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Published on: August 17, 2014

We finally reached Cape after going to the assistance of another vessel west of the Catalogues. She was propped on a fishing line so we towed her to a safe place at Heir Island Beach and then carried on to North Harbour. Many thanks to Niamh and her team for [...]

Cape Lifeboat day

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Published on: August 17, 2014

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Cape Clear Lifeboat Day produced a shout once again. While en route to North Harbour the ALB was called to a 45ft yacht  south of cape. The skipper had been struck on the head by the boom.
The casualty was transferred to the lifeboat in the shelter of South Harbour and rushed to Baltimore where medical services were waiting.

Boat trip claims life in Roaring Water Bay

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Published on: August 14, 2014

The body of a man has been recovered from the water today 14 August. The man was found North of Sherkin Island by the inshore lifeboat and taken to the station at Bullpoint where he was pronounced dead by RNLI Medical Advisor Dr Don Creagh. Sergeant Tony McCarthy and Garda Mairtín Ashe attended the scene and supervised removal to CUH for post mortem. Helm Youen Jacob with crew John Kearney and Ryan O’Mahony had been searching since 5:30 am this morning when they spotted a life jacket at 8:15 approx. Earlier they had given medical assistance to the two sailors who had made it to the safety of Castle Island.

This is a sad end to a sailing trip which had set out from Schull yesterday afternoon. The alarm was raised when the19ft open Drascomb Lugger failed to return at 7pm last night.

Both the ALB (under Coxswain Kieran Cotter, Mechanic Brian McSweeney and crew John O’Flynn, Jerry Smith, Eoin Ryan, Don O’Donovan and Diarmuid Collins) and ILB (Helm Kieran Collins, Micheál Cottrell and Tadhg Collins) searched until after midnight when the search was stood down by the Coastguard.

The search resumed again at 5:30 today with both the ALB (Coxswain Pat Collins, Mechanic Sean McCarthy, Shane McSweeney, Diarmuid Collins, John O’Flynn,Tadhg Collins) and ILB (Helm Youen Jacob, John Kearney and Ryan O’Mahony) searching Roaring Water Bay.

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