Baltimore RNLI secure sinking fishing vessel

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Published on: September 7, 2013

7 Sept 2013

A 20 metre steel fishing vessel with two people on board called for assistance at 18:05 this evening whilst making passage from Castletownbere to Kinsale. The vessel was flooding due to problems with sea valves. The Baltimore RNLI all weather lifeboat responded within minutes proceeding to rendezvous with the stricken vessel 2 miles south of Brow Head near Crookhaven, Co Cork. The volunteer RNLI crew attempted to secure the safety of the Kinsale based fishing vessel by putting a salvage pump aboard to drain seawater from her bilges. The lifeboat then took her in tow while the crew of the fishing boat worked on her engines. 

The engines were restarted and the vessel began to make her own way for a time, but after the engines failed again the tow had to be restablished and the lifeboat continued to tow the fishing boat to Baltimore Harbour.

Baltimore RNLI  Coxswain Kieran Cotter said : ’It was fortunate that it was a fine night. We were able to transfer the salvage pump and establish the tow without a hitch’.

On board the Tamar class all weather lifeboat Alan Massey were Coxswain Kieran Cotter, Mechanic Cathal Cottrell, Ger Sheehy, Aidan Bushe, Ronnie Carthy, Eoin Ryan and Pat Collins

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