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MEDIVAC from the Islands

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Published on: February 2, 2016

Baltimore all-weather lifeboat Alan Massey launch at 1955 hrs last night, to transfer an ill man from Sherkin Island to Baltimore. An ambulance met the lifeboat upon its return to the station in Baltimore and the patient was transferred to the care of the ambulance paramedics and the boat made ready for service again by 2030 hrs. Weather conditions were poor at the time with F7 – gale 8 in Baltimore harbour.
Crew on the service were Coxswain Kieran Cotter, mechanic Mícheál Cottrell, crew Simon Duggan, Pat Collins, jerry Smith, Paul Synott and Tadgh Collins. The response time of the crew was very quick as most of the crew were attending a bi-weekly first aid training at the station.

Lifeboat crews launch 39 times rescuing 46 people in 2015

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Published on: January 31, 2016

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Recently released RNLI stats for 2015 show just how busy Baltimore volunteer crew have been over the past year. The all weather lifeboat Alan Massey was launched 25 times and inshore lifeboat Alice and Charles launched 14 times rescuing a total of 46 people in 2015.

In total RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew in Ireland were kept busy in 2015 with 1,098 launches bringing 1,244 people to safety. At 45 lifeboat stations around the Irish coast and on inland waters, the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crew were on call in all weathers. Of the recorded launches, 416 were carried out in the hours of darkness.

Howth lifeboat station in Dublin was the busiest on the coast with 60 launches and 58 people assisted. The next busiest was Clifden RNLI in Galway, who are currently trialling an all-weather lifeboat to work alongside with their inshore lifeboat. They launched 49 times and brought 20 people to safety. The majority of callouts for Clifden RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat were to medical emergencies on the neighbouring islands; often assisting the Irish Coast helicopter crew. Dun Laoghaire RNLI launched their two lifeboats 48 times and assisted 50 people.

The first Shannon class lifeboat in Ireland, stationed at Lough Swilly in Donegal, was also put to work. It arrived in April and during the year the station answered 20 calls for help and brought 23 people to safety. The new lifeboat’s first callout was to three fishermen reported missing after failing to return home. Their vessel had lost power and they had drifted for hours waiting for help when the Shannon arrived on scene.

The type of incidents the charity’s lifeboat crew responded can range from danger of drowning (66 launches) to searches for missing people (54 launches), grounded or stranded vessels (126 launches) or people thought to be in danger or overdue (118 launches). Machinery failure and fouled propellers (251 launches) were again a common cause for callout.

There were also a number of callouts to four-legged casualties in 2015. Ten lifeboat stations launched to incidents involving animals and mammals last year, including a dolphin in Ballycotton, a horse swept into the river at Lough Derg, eight cows who became stranded and ended up in the sea off Kinsale and seven dogs around the coast who were reunited with their grateful owners. Many of these callouts can include a threat to people as they attempt to enter the water to save an animal and in turn get into difficulty.

Gareth Morrison RNLI Lifesaving Delivery Manager said; ‘Last summer the RNLI launched its national drowning prevention campaign, Respect the Water, warning people that the coastlines and waters can be dangerously unpredictable. This year we will continue to build on that and help inform those who enjoy the water and our beautiful coastline to take care and help reduce drowning.

In 2015 we had the honour of bringing the first Shannon class lifeboat home to Ireland. It was the first all-weather lifeboat class to be named in recognition of the contribution of the RNLI’s Irish volunteers, who have been saving lives in Ireland since 1826.’

‘Irish volunteer lifeboat crew, our fundraisers and supporters have again worked exceptionally hard serving our local communities. We would like to thank all of our volunteers for their hard work and dedication over the last 12 months. Without them our lifesaving service would not exist.’

Leesa Harwood, RNLI Community Lifesaving and Fundraising Director added; It’s humbling to see the lifesaving work of our volunteer crew and safety advisers – out of the 9,763 rescued in Ireland and the UK, 442 people are alive today because of their actions. The RNLI as a whole owes it to them to act with integrity and tenacity as we take move to opt-in communications from January 2017.

‘I’m appealing to all our dedicated supporters to help us by ticking our opt-in* box over the next few months – to hear about our rescues, our safety advice, and our events and help us save the lives of hundreds more in the years to come.

Baltimore Lifeboat assists fishing vessel reported aground at Glandore Harbour

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Published on: November 15, 2015

Baltimore RNLI Tamar class Lifeboat Alan Massey launched tonight to go to the assistance of a fishing vessel which ran aground in Glandore Harbour. The Lifeboat was tasked at 2125 and arrived in Glandore Harbour where the Union Hall Inshore Lifeboat was evacuating the crew from the stricken vessel. The [...]

O’Keeffe Sisters Run Dublin Marathon for Baltimore RNLI

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Published on: October 6, 2015

 

Sisters Yvonne O’Keeffe & Gillian O’Sullivan are running in the Dublin Marathon on 26th October and have set up a charity page to hopefully make a few bob for the RNLI Baltimore Lifeboat Station – a cause very close to their hearts. Any donations small or large would be greatly appreciated so just click on the link if you would like to support.

 

ILB Rescue in Record Time

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Published on: August 19, 2015

A rescue operation took place in what must have been record time this evening 19 August. Bleepers went off at 18:19 after a 7 metre motor Boat with 2 adults on board went aground on rocks opposite the station house. The boat had suffered engine failure and had drifted onto rocks in flat calm weather conditions. The inshore lifeboat launched at 18:27 passed a tow to the motor boat at 18:28, put the boat back on her own mooring at 18:32 and then returned to station at 18:42. On board the ILB were Helm Kieran Collins with crew Jerry Smith & Diarmuid Collins.

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Life Jacket Clinic

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Published on: August 18, 2015

Free RNLI Lifejacket Clinic at Baltimore Sailing Club next Saturday August 22nd 12.00 to 17.00 all welcome

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RIB adrift Coosheen Point, Schull

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Published on: August 3, 2015

Tragedy was averted this evening 3rd August after a RIB with 5 persons onboard called for assistance. The alert that a RIB was adrift in the Gascannane Sound off Sherkin Island came at 18:24. Later this was revised to a position 100 metres off rocks East of Schull Harbour. The all weather lifeboat was launched with a crew of 7 on board at 18:32. Weather conditions at the time were as follows; West South West Winds Force 6-7, Sea State – Rough The stricken RIB had put out an anchor to try and hold her position but it was not holding. The lifeboat advised putting out as much rope as possible to try & secure the anchor. The lifeboat also used VHF direction finding to locate the RIB.Schull Inshore Rescue were first on scene at Coosheen point East of Schull Harbour. They established a tow with the 8 metre blue and orange RIB. Baltimore Lifeboat arrived minutes later at 18:51 and stood by to support the tow back into Schull.On board were Kieran Cotter Coxswain, Jerry Smith Mechanic, Brendan Cottrell, Jim Baker, Colin Whooley, Don Donovan and Pat Collins

 

Medical Evacuation from Sherkin Island

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Published on: July 19, 2015

The lifeboat carried out a medical evacuation from Sherkin Island this morning 18 July. The call for assistance came at 11:09. The lifeboat proceeded directly to the pontoon in Sherkin and a medical team were sent ashore to do a medical assessment. A woman was stretchered aboard the lifeboat and was passed into the care of the ambulance service at Baltimore.

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Medical Evacuation from Cape Clear Island

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Published on: July 19, 2015

Baltimore Lifeboat was launched at 11.38pm last night 11 July to convey a sick teenager from Cape Clear to Baltimore. The teen who was suffering from an appendicitis was transferred from the Island aboard ‘Alan Massey’ to Baltimore Lifeboat Station, from where an ambulance brought her to hospital in Cork. [...]

Baltimore RNLI resume search for third missing person after tragic accident off west Cork coast

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Published on: July 1, 2015

Baltimore RNLI is continuing their search this morning for a third person who got into difficulty off the coast of west Cork following a tragic accident yesterday evening (Tuesday 30 June). The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their inshore and all-weather lifeboats at 5.15am and are continuing to search in the [...]

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