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Redmond’s swim abandoned due to health concerns

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Published on: August 22, 2013

22 August 2013 The attempt by well known open water swimmer Steve Redmond to swim from Ireland to Wales ended in the early hours of Thursday morning on the advice of his support team, which included medical personnel, after he showed signs of hypothermia just hours into the swim. He [...]

Redmond to start epic swim across Irish Sea for RNLI tonight

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Published on: August 21, 2013

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Taking advantage of weather and tide Steve Redmond begins his greatest challenge yet earlier than expected this evening Wednesday 21st August. Steve will leave Carnsore Point at 10pm to swim across the Irish Sea in aid of the RNLI. He is expected to swim the 80km distance in approximately 35 hours arriving at St David’s in Wales in the early hours of Friday morning. He will be accompanied by local RNLI boats at point of departure and arrival. Crew from Baltimore RNLI station are part of the support team that will accompany Steve on his epic swim. We wish him every success.

Steve swims with Baltimore RNLI

To donate to Steve’s swim in aid of the RNLI please go to: www.mycharity.ie/event/irelandtowales2013/

For updates on his journey please log on to:
facebook.com/SteveRedmondSwims

or follow Steve’s twitter account: @iswimcoldwater

Steve Redmond plans record breaking swim for the RNLI

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Published on: August 16, 2013

16 August 2013

Well known open water swimmer Steve Redmond from Ballydehob  is about to embark on a record breaking challenge to raise funds and awareness for the RNLI.  Steve has already made history for being the first man ever to complete the gruelling Seven Oceans Swim and is now taking on his biggest challenge to date in swimming from Ireland to Wales.

 

Steve is a former rugby player and triathlete who has become well known for his long distance open water swims.  He was the first person to swim around the Fastnet Rock off the Cork coast. Now at the age of 48 he wants to complete one more big challenge and swim the 80 kilometres from Ireland to Wales.  He plans to depart from Rosslare in County Wexford in the early hours on Friday 23 August, weather permitting and swim non-stop to Wales, arriving in St. David’s approximately 35 hours later.

These locations are also home to lifeboat stations in the RNLI, a charity that is close to Steve’s heart.  Living in West Cork and training in the sea near Baltimore lifeboat station, Steve is very familiar with the work of the charity and three of his support team are volunteer lifeboat crew with Baltimore RNLI.

Speaking on the challenge Steve said, “Sadly there have been a number of tragedies off our coast in the last few months and it has brought home to me that while the sea is beautiful it can also be dangerous.  I want to do something for the people who volunteer to rescue those in trouble at sea or who have to bring loved ones home when they have lost their lives out there.  I am very familiar with the work of search and rescue agencies and in particular the RNLI and it would be great to raise funds and awareness through this swim.”

Steve is under no illusions how challenging the swim will be for him.  It will be much further than he has ever swam before and will take a huge amount of strength and mental endurance.  By his side for the challenge will be his support team who will keep him under constant surveillance.  Steve is not allowed touch the boat or another person while he is swimming and will need to be independently observed by a member of the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association to verify the challenge. Medical personnel will also be close at hand should Steve get into difficulty and be unable to complete the swim.

He is currently swimming up to 90 kilometres a week in training and is now keen to undertake the challenge.  He added, “This time last year I vowed never to put my body through another endurance swim.  A year later and I am now looking forward to this next challenge, which I have always wanted to complete.  The fact that this swim has never been done by one person alone makes it more enticing to me and if the weather and tides allow I am confident that I can make it.  I am also looking forward to raising some funds for the RNLI who battle the elements day in day out to save lives at sea.”

Steve Redmond will depart Rosslare in the early hours of Friday 23 August, weather permitting.  To donate to Steve’s swim in aid of the RNLI please go to: www.mycharity.ie/event/irelandtowales2013/ 

For updates on his journey please log on to:
facebook.com/SteveRedmondSwims

or follow Steve’s twitter account: @iswimcoldwater

 

Glandore Classic Boat Festival

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Published on: August 14, 2013

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File photo of Baltimore Lifeboat at 2013 Glandore Classic Boat Festival

Baltimore Lifeboat crew tackle the Fastnet Race.

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Published on: August 11, 2013

When the Fastnet Race starts in Cowes, Isle of Wight today three Baltimore Lifeboatmen will be on board Anthony O’ Leary’s Kerr 39 ‘Antix’. Station mechanic Cathal Cottrell, Inshore Lifeboat Helm Youen Jacob and Assistant Coxswain Pat Collins are part of the thirteen crew aboard. Best of luck to the [...]

Statuette Awarded

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Published on: July 24, 2013

All weather lifeboat crew Eoin Ryan was presented with a statuette today by Ronan Boyle RNLI in recognition of his contribution to Baltimore lifeboat station.

Baltimore Lifeboatmen win European sailing championships.

Congratulations to Cathal Cottrell and Youen Jacob of Baltimore Lifeboat Station who recently won the european 1720 sports boat championships, which were held at Kinsale Yacht Club. Cathal Cottrell (on the right, in the photo) is the long serving mechanic of Baltimore Lifeboat. Youen Jacob (on the left of the [...]

Baltimore Lifeboat fundraiser receives award.

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Published on: June 22, 2013

Congratulations to Brigit Cotter who was presented with a Gold Badge from the RNLI at their annual awards ceremony at the Barbican theatre in London. The award was presented by HRH the Duke of Kent, in recognition of her voluntary work for the RNLI, and in particular Baltimore Lifeboat Station. [...]

Presentation to Torsten

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Published on: May 18, 2013

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17/05/2013 Coxswain Kieran Cotter presents a certificate of service to former crew member Torsten Marten.

Station Redevelopment

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Published on: May 17, 2013

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17/05/2013

First trials of Baltimore ILB on the slip at Bullpoint took place yesterday. The ILB is carriage launched from the slip.

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