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
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 [...]
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.
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 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.
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.
Photo: Richard O’Flynn
Two people were found on the NW corner of Castle Island at 6:15 this morning 14 August. Helm John Kearney and crew Ryan O’Mahony carried out a medical assessment of the man and woman who had scrambled ashore yesterday evening after their boat had capsized, and then the Shannon based Helicopter Rescue 117 took them to Baltimore for further medical attention. The crew of three had left Schull yesterday on a Drascombe Lugger, an 18 ft open sailing boat. The sailors had indicated that they had intended sailing either towards Long Island or towards Rossbrin. The ILB & ALB had commenced searching yesterday evening as darkness fell. The search was stood down after midnight and resumed again at 5:30 am and is continuing in the search for a third person.
At 20:48 on August 2nd Baltimore the all weather lifeboat was alerted to a RIB adrift 4 miles south of Glandore in West Cork. The lifeboat proceeded to rendezvous with the two young men who had been en route from Cork to Baltimore when their engine failed.
Crew member Diarmuid Collins went aboard the RIB to establish a tow. The lifeboat then towed them to the safety of Baltimore Harbour.
On board the ‘Alan Massey’ were Coxswain Kieran Collins, Mechanic Brian McSweeney, Pat Collins, Diarmuid Colllins, Tadhg Collins, Jim Baker, John O’Flynn
Last night at 8pm 31 July 2014 the Inshore Lifeboat was tasked by Valentia Coastguard to assist at a search and rescue operation in Dunmanus Bay. Two casualties and an overturned sailing vessel had been spotted in the water. The ILB had been on exercise off Cape Clear Island and [...]
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