Baltimore lifeboat search & rescue operation aborted

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Published on: December 29, 2010

Date: 29/12/2010

Concern about an overdue small boat with two persons on board led to a call for Baltimore lifeboat to carry out a search and rescue operation in Dunmanus Bay, West Cork.

Two men in a small dinghy had earlier put to sea in poor weather conditions. Visibility was restricted due to sea fog. When the dinghy did not return the Coast Guard was alerted and both the Baltimore lifeboat and the Castletownbere lifeboat were requested to provide support at 17:20.

Coxswain Kieran Cotter was proceeding to Dunmanus Bay on the Tyne class all-weather lifeboat Hilda Jarrett, when the Coast Guard indicated that the two men had been observed coming ashore safe and well. The search and rescue operation was stood down.

This incident echoes a similar one earlier this year. On the 5th January 2010 almost certain tragedy was averted when the inshore lifeboat rescued two men in a 7ft dinghy when their outboard failed.

Lifeboat crew on this service ; Micheal Cottrell, Ronnie Carty, Brian McSweeney, Diarmuid Collins.

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