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RNLI lifeboats in Ireland bring 1,278 people to safety in 2013

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Published on: January 28, 2014

RNLI lifeboats in Ireland launched 1,087 times in 2013 bringing 1,278 people to safety. The figures released by the charity today (Tuesday 28 January) are based on returns of service from all 44 lifeboat stations in Ireland. The statistics show that the majority of last year’s call outs were to [...]

Coastal Review Delegation at Station House

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Published on: January 23, 2014

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Medical Evacuation from Sherkin Island during storm Christine

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Published on: January 6, 2014

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Photo courtesy Youen Jacob

Whilst most of the country was taking refuge from storm force winds today the crew of Baltimore Lifeboat were called upon to assist in a medical evacuation from Sherkin Island.

The call for assistance came at 12:23 today when an elderly adult male suffered a badly broken leg.

The all weather lifeboat is designed for severe weather conditions and safely made its way across Baltimore harbour to the Island but considerable seamanship skills were required in the transfer of the stretchered casualty as a consequence of the large draw at Sherkin Pier.

Prior to transfer the man had received medical attention and been strapped to a stretcher immobilising the injured leg.

Coxswain Kieran Cotter brought the injured man ashore at the new RNLI compound at Bull Point in Baltimore. The man was transferred to an ambulance for further medical attention.

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Coxswain Kieran Cotter, Aidan Bushe mechanic Cathal Cottrell, Jerry Smith Micheal Cottrell, Pat Collins and Tadgh Collins

Shore crew Tom Kelly, Ronnie Carthy Diarmuid Colins and Colin Whooley

Happy New Year!

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Published on: December 31, 2013

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Compilation of rescue footage from across Ireland in 2013

Wish come through for Baltimore Lifeboat

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Published on: December 31, 2013

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Catherine Roantree and Emer Olsen of Wish, Skibbereen, presenting a cheque to Ros Rourke and Declan Tiernan for proceeds from the sale of silver Beacon pendants. Ten per cent of pendent sales is donated to the lifeboat, a support valued at €3500 over 3 years.

Emergency Services Visit Station

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Published on: November 24, 2013

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Baltimore Lifeboat to feature in stunning outdoor photography exhibition

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Published on: November 9, 2013

An outdoor exhibition showcasing striking photos of the lifesaving work of the RNLI in Ireland and the UK will be displayed on Grand Canal Square Dublin from Friday 15 November to Monday 2 December. The unique display will be freely available to view by everyone, 24 hours a day in [...]

RNLI to trial new lifeboat station at Union Hall in Cork

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Published on: November 9, 2013

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has announced that it is to trial a new lifeboat station at Union Hall in south west Cork. At a meeting of the RNLI Board of Trustees the decision was taken to establish an inshore lifeboat station at Union Hall for a trial period [...]

Filming of 1916 SS Alondra rescue finished

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Published on: October 21, 2013

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The film recalling the dramatic rescue of 23 people from a steamship off Baltimore during the First World War was finished on Sunday after a very busy weekend. A professional film crew from the UK, sponsored by Arts Council England, visited Baltimore to produce the film in a collaboration with the RNLI and the Baltimore Drama Group.

The production is part of an RNLI heritage project. It will focus on the work of the RNLI and coastal communities during World War One will feature in a four year exhibition entitled Hope in the Great War. Opening in February next year, this family friendly exhibition will see some of the untold stories of the RNLI’s work during WW1 brought to life with six stories from around the coast of Ireland and the UK.

The dramatic rescue goes back to the 29 December 1916 when the steamship Alondra was wrecked on the Kedge Rock, off Baltimore. Sixteen of her crew left in one of the ship’s boats, but drowned before reaching the shore. The Venerable Archeacon John Richard Hedge Becher (Honorary Secretary of Baltimore RNLI) and some volunteers launched a boat but it failed to reach the vessel. They returned to Baltimore but put off again as some of the ship’s crew had made the rock. Failing to reach the wreck they put back to shore again. At daylight they set out with rocket apparatus. About the same time, two Royal Navy trawlers came upon the scene and the efforts of all, saved 23 survivors some of whom were lowered down a 150 foot cliff.

RNLI Silver Medals for Gallantry were awarded to Archdeacon Becher and Lieutenant Sanderson for their role in helping to rescue the 23 men from Alondra.

Among the cast retelling the story at the weekend were Baltimore RNLI crew member Tadhg Collins, sea safety officer Michael Walsh, former crew member Pat Flaherty and Bernie O’Driscoll, wife of the late Bernard O’Driscoll, former Honorary Secretary.

Pat Flaherty, who plays the role of Archdeacon Becher and is the chair of Baltimore Drama Group said filming went well: ‘The Drama Group and the lifeboat crew worked very well together on this project and it created great interest locally in the history. People who’d never heard of the Alondra went and did research and found books about it’.

Michael Walsh, who played the role of one of Becher’s crew enjoed being involved: ‘I had got interested in the subject matter of the Alondra. Coming from an RNLI background, I found it a privilege to work on the historical account and an honour to work with such a professional film crew’.

Director Paul Fitzgerald of I Made This, said it was pleasure to work with all involved: ‘I had no idea what to expect before we arrived in Baltimore, but it couldn’t have gone better. The cast and crew all behaved like professionals and were a pleasure to work with’.

The cast included Pat Flaherty – Archdeacon Becher, Cornie Bohane – Man in Chair, Tadhg Collins – Alondra Crew, Michael Walsh – Baltimore rescue crew, Rupert Stutchbury – Captain, Bernie O’Driscoll – Woman and Olan Marten – Narrator.

Film crew – Paul Fitzgerald Director, Rory Fitzgerald Camera, Jude Cowgill Assistant Director, Sheelagh Broderick Producer, Jenny Gregory Co Producer, Maria Collins, Susan O’Regan, Petra Reimers, Sandra Carty Stage Crew, Tara Phelan Makeup,

Thanks to all who gave props, costumes and most of all their time. Some of the cast & crew are featured in the photograph.

Baltimore lifeboat rescue to feature in RNLI’s World War One exhibition

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Published on: October 9, 2013

20131009-181129.jpgThe role of Baltimore in the rescue of 23 people from a steamship called Alondra which was wrecked off the Kedges in late 1916, is to be featured in an RNLI touring exhibition commemorating the centenary of World War One (WW1). The charity’s exhibition, funded by Arts Council England, is calledHope in the Great War and will honour the courage and bravery of the lifeboat crew who risked their lives to save others during WW1.

While a lot of people will be familiar with the sinking of the Lusitania off the Cork coast in 1915, not as many will be aware of this rescue which took place in Baltimore a year later.

A decision by the RNLI charity to establish a lifeboat station at Baltimore was made in 1913 but its actual opening took place in 1919, having been delayed by the First World War.

It was on the 29 December 1916 that the SS Alondra was wrecked on the Kedge Rock, off Baltimore. Sixteen of her crew left in one of the ship’s boats, but drowned before reaching the shore. The Venerable Archeacon John Richard Hedge Becher (Honorary Secretary of Baltimore RNLI) and some volunteers launched a boat but it failed to reach the vessel. They returned to Baltimore but put off again as some of the ship’s crew had made the rock. Failing to reach the wreck they put back to shore again. At daylight they set out with rocket apparatus. About the same time, two Royal Navy trawlers came upon the scene and the efforts of all, saved 23 survivors some of whom were lowered down a 150 foot cliff.

RNLI Silver Medals for Gallantry were awarded to Archdeacon Becher and Lieutenant Sanderson for their role in helping to rescue the 23 men from Alondra.

Baltimore’s lifesaving story has been chosen to feature alongside five other RNLI lifeboat services that took place in communities across Ireland and the UK. Opening in February 2014 at the Henry Blogg Museum in Norfolk, Hope in the Great War will start a four year tour around RNLI museums, lifeboat stations and other museums.

Now the RNLI is asking the local community in Baltimore to get in contact if they know of any details such as family memories, photographs, letters or artefacts connected to the rescue. The most relevant items may be selected to feature within the exhibition allowing the fullest story of the rescue to be told nationally.

Becky Fletcher, RNLI Heritage Project Co-ordinator said: ‘The outstanding efforts by Baltimore’s RNLI volunteers to save lives in WW1 will now be given a voice. Although little details are known about the SS Alondra rescue, finding any connections would undoubtedly be of further inspiration.’

To pass on any family memories, anecdotes, photos or letters, please email Rebecca_Fletcher@rnli.org.uk or call the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum on 01263 511294.

Locally meanwhile, Baltimore RNLI is teaming up with members of the Baltimore Amateur Drama Group to create a piece of artwork for the tour. The group is creating a short film about the rescue which will feature within the exhibition.

Olan Marten, spokesperson for the drama group explains: ‘With so many members of the RNLI supporting our productions over the years, as either cast members, crew or audience it is a great honour to do something for them and also to honour the brave men involved in the Alondra rescue. It’s an unusual production as the crew and the director will meet for the first time on the first day of filming. Not only that but the film will travel all over Ireland and the UK for four years introducing these local amateur actors to a huge audience.’

Baltimore RNLI will be the second Cork lifeboat station to mark the role it played during World War One. The Courtmacsherry RNLI Lusitania Centenary Committee has already appealed to the public for artefacts, stories and memorabilia to be part of a major exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of the Lusitania off the Cork coast in 1915. They are also calling on any family members of those lost or saved in the Lusitania tragedy to contact them to share their stories, which will then be compiled and included in the exhibition.

The commemoration will be held on the May Bank holiday weekend 2015 with the centrepiece being a Lusitania Exhibition in Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat Station and other local venues. Courtmacsherry lifeboat responded to the tragedy in 1915 and to coincide with the exhibition, the lifeboat crew will re-enact the call to service and row out to the site of the disaster.

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