Baltimore RNLI Lifeboat assist kayaker in distress

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Published on: May 5, 2010

Date: 30/05/2010

Atlantic 75 lifeboat (Credit RNLI)The inshore RNLI lifeboat based at Baltimore was called to give assistance to a kayaker this afternoon (Sunday 30 May 2010).

The alarm was a raised at 14:26 when a kayaker in distress was reported from Horse Island near Castletownshend West Cork.

Helm Micheal Cottrell and crew Paul O’Driscoll and Diarmuid Collins immediately launched the inshore lifeboat Bessie. The lifeboat is a twin engine Atlantic 75 RIB, purpose designed for rapid response to inshore emergencies.

The lifeboat crew found the kayaker, a middle aged man, at a small beach on the lee side of the Island. He was in an advanced state of medical distress. They administered medical attention on the beach and transferring him to the lifeboat for transport to the mainland. The casualty was taken by coast guard helicopter to Cork University Hospital.

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