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
The Baltimore RNLI inshore lifeboat went to the assistance of a motor cruiser whose engine failed near Horse Island in West Cork this afternoon. The alarm was raised at 15:05 and within minutes the lifeboat was underway. Helm John Kearney and his crew proceeded through the islands of Roaring Water Bay to rendezvous with the stricken vessel which had subsequently anchored between Horse Island and Castle Island.The 6.5m day cruiser whose engine had overheated had a party of 2 men, 2 women and 2 dogs on board at the time and had been on passage from Baltimore to Schull. The lifeboat crew passed a tow to the vessel and took her in tow returning her to her moorings in Baltimore Harbour.
Helm John Kearney commended them for staying calm, he said ‘They did everything right, they were wearing life jackets and anchored promptly to secure their safety when her engines failed’.
Helm John Kearney, crew Ger O”Brien and Peter Losberg. Slip crew John O’Flynn, Colin Rochford and Declan Tiernan.
A 3 masted barque called for assistance after a middle aged woman sustained leg injuries following a fall. A local GP went aboard and assessed injuries calling for immediate medical evacuation. The boat was anchored in Church Strand 50 m from the Lifeboat Station House. Coxswain Kieran Cotter went alongside [...]
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26 July 2013 Baltimore RNLI lifeboat was called today at 6:36pm Friday 26 July to assist a yacht in difficulty west of the Stags Rocks near Baltimore Harbour in West Cork. The 30ft yacht had 2 people on board, a man and a woman, when their engine failed and they [...]
The Baltimore RNLI all weather lifeboat was called to provide a medical evacuation today 20 July when a young boy on Cape Clear Island with a suspected appendicitis needed immediate medical attention. Coxwain Kieran Cotter and his crew received the call for assistance at 1:58 pm. The Tamar class lifeboat [...]
A 35ft cabin cruiser taking on water off Crookhaven called for assistance in the early hours of this morning Monday 15 July 2013. The call for assistance was issued at 01:55 and within minutes the RNLI all weather Lifeboat Alan Massey was under way. On arrival Coxswain Kieran Cotter and his crew assessed the stricken vessel which had 3 adult males on board. The lifeboat pumped out the cruiser. Seawater was still being taken on due to a cracked bolt which was then plugged. The lifeboat towed the cabin cruiser to O’Donovans Boat yard at Oldcourt, near Skibbereen, before returning to Baltimore harbour at 07:50.
At 00:04 on Sunday 14 July a call was received to provide medical assistance for an adult male who had dislocated his shoulder following a previous injury. The man and his wife had been on a 40ft yacht at a mooring in Crookhaven harbour. The Tamar class all weather lifeboat [...]
The all weather lifeboat was called out this afternoon 7th July to medically evacuate a casualty from Cape Clear Island. Following the call for assistance at 14:12 this afternoon, the Alan Massey proceeded to North Harbour on under the direction of Coxswain Kieran Cotter. A young woman who had suffered a leg injury requiring medical attention was taken on board and taken to Baltimore Harbour. Crew on board were mechanic Brian McSweeney, Sean McCarthy, Pat Collins, Aidan Bushe
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