Baltimore RNLI Lifeboat Crew in search for fisherman lost overboard

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Published on: February 13, 2010

Date: 13/02/2010

Baltimore RNLI lifeboat tows fishing vessel back to harbour during search for missing crewman (Credit RNLI/Baltimore)

Two RNLI lifeboats based at Baltimore, West Cork, were called on to assist in a search for a fisherman lost overboard at sea in the early hours of this morning. Valentia Coast Guard alerted the Baltimore Lifeboat station at 01:45 this morning.

The crew of the all-weather Lifeboat Hilda Jarrett and the Inshore Lifeboat Bessie, were launched within minutes. They proceeded to where the Union Hall based 23 metre fishing boat and her crew of three had been fishing .

The twin engined RIB, which is designed to provide a rapid response to emergencies, arrived first on scene at a point 21 miles Southwest of Baltimore, followed 20 minutes later by the all-weather lifeboat. Both boats commenced a search of the area, alongside other trawlers that had responded to the alert. They were joined later by the RNLI lifeboat based at Castletownbere and the Navy vessel the LE Emer.

The inshore lifeboat had to return to Baltimore at 6am as she had reached the limit of her fuel endurance. Meanwhile the fishing vessel had been drifting as she had been propped during the rescue attempt. Crewmen from the all-weather lifeboat were put on board the fishing boat to assist with recovery of fishing gear and to secure a tow.

The Hilda Jarret towed the fishing vessel back to Baltimore Harbour arriving at the pier at 1pm, 11 hours after the first alert.

All-weather Lifeboat Crew: Coxswain Kieran Cotter, Pat Collins, Micheal Cottrell, Sean McArthy, Paul O’Driscoll, Ronnie Carthy and Colin Whooley Inshore Lifeboat Crew: Helm Kieran Collins, Youen Jacob and John Kearney.

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