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First Callout of 2013 for Baltimore Lifeboat

Baltimore’s All weather Lifeboat was launched at 10.10am on the stations first call out of 2013. The Lifeboat was launched to carry out a MEDEVAC (medical evacuation) from Cape Clear Island.

Baltimore Lifeboat assists in severe weather conditions

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Published on: November 18, 2012

The all-weather lifeboat launched this evening at 19:50 in severe weather conditions. A lone yachtsman had been reported missing at Rineen as he tried to secure his boat. Coxswain Kieran Cotter and crew Aidan Bushe, Brendan Cottrell, Jerry Smith, John O’Flynn and Brian McSweeney launched immediately. On arrival they ascertained [...]

Lifeboat in shout to check status of lone offshore yachtsman

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Published on: October 27, 2012

Concerns were raised when a single handed yachtsman lost radio contact with Valentia Coastguard this morning 27/10/2012. The alarm was raised shortly before 8am and soon after the Tamar class all weather lifeboat was making its way toward the last position given by the yachstman 25 miles offshore. The coastguard [...]

ILB Tows Single Handed Yacht to Safety

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Published on: September 22, 2012

A singlehanded sailor on passage from Falmouth to Baltimore called for assistance as darkness fell last night 21 September 2012. His yacht was at a position West of the Stags when he realised that he would not be able to make landfall alone safely. The Coastguard alerted Baltimore Lifeboat Station. The inshore Lifeboat Bessie was launched just after 22:00 reaching the yacht at 22:30. Tadhg Collins and Youen Jacob went on board to help stow the sails and to secure a tow-line. Helm Micheal Cottrell then towed the yacht to Baltimore Harbour, where she was moored up to the pontoon at 23:30 approx. The lifeboat was then given a deep clean in preparation for the following days all weather lifeboat naming celebrations of the Tamar class lifeboat, Alan Massey.

Search Continues For Diver

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Published on: September 5, 2012

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The RNLI all weather lifeboat Alan Massey was launched this morning at 07:00 to assist in the continuing search for the diver reported missing yesterday. Weather conditions are favourable but as the incident happened at a wreck site 12 miles offshore the search area is large.

Baltimore Lifeboats in search for missing diver

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Published on: September 4, 2012

Both the inshore lifeboat and all weather lifeboat were launched this evening in response to a request from the coastguard to assist in locating a diver reported missing earlier this afternoon. The diver had been one of a party of three diving at a wreck site 12 miles south of Baltimore Harbour in West Cork. The divers are thought to be of German origin and the dive site,  the wreck of the Minnehaha. Weather conditions were excellent with a 1.5 metre swell and force 3-4 winds. The Navy vessel LE Ciara, Coastguard Helicopter 115 and the Holly Joe were all involved in the search. As darkness approached the inshore lifeboat (ILB) was stood down and returned to Baltimore at 21.10 approx. Onboard the B-class ILB Bessie, were Helm Youen Jacob, Shane MacSweeney and Ger O’Brien. On board the Tamar class ALB Alan Massey, were Coxswain Kieran Cotter, Cathal Cottrell (mechanic), John Rochford, Brian MacSweeney, Jerry Smith and Aidan Bushe. The lifeboat will resume searching at 7am tomorrow morning.

Medical Evacuation at Cape Clear Island

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Published on: August 14, 2012

While on a joint lifeboat exercise this evening, the Coastguard tasked Baltimore Lifeboat to carry out a medical evacuation of an elderly male from Cape Clear Island. On arrival in Cape Clear the all weather lifeboat crew assisted with the air lifting of the casualty from Cape Clear emergency helicopter landing pad. Meanwhile the ILB brought Lifeboat Medical Advisor, Dr Don Creagh, to the slip near the helipad to further assess the casualty’s condition.

On board the all weather lifeboat, Alan Massey, Coxswain Brendan Cottrell, Mechanic Cathal Cottrell, Ronnie Carthy, Brian Mcsweeney, John Rochford, Jerry Smith and Eoin Ryan

On board the inshore lifeboat, Bessie, Helm John Kearney, Ger O’Brien and Ryan O’Mahony

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Yacht Aground with 5 persons on Board

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Published on: August 9, 2012

20120809-170355.jpgThe inshore lifeboat was again pressed into service this afternoon when a 20ft yacht with 5 persons on board went aground on a falling tide.

The alarm was raised at 15:07. Helm Kieran Collins with crew Jason Pavry and Diarmuid Collins proceeded to the location near Seal Rock, Heir Island in West Cork.

A passing RIB had taken the family of 4 and a baby girl onboard whilst the lifeboat crew attempted to dislodge the yacht. They rocked it on its perch allowing enough leverage for the powerful twin engined lifeboat to pull her clear.

Unsure of its mechanical fitness, The lifeboat towed the yacht to moorings in the Cove, Baltimore.

They returned to Baltimore Harbour to loud cheering as Katy Taylor had just won Olympic Gold.

This has been a busy week for the Inshore Lifeboat a twin engined Atlantic 75 RIB. She has provided assistance on 4 separate occasions this week including the rescue of two teenagers from a cave in Millcove.

 

Baltimore RNLI rescue two young kayakers from cave

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Published on: August 5, 2012

Further details have emerged on the dramatic events of last night (Saturday 4 August 2012) and early this morning which saw two young kayakers rescued after they became trapped in Mill Cave, West Cork.  The rescue involved a Baltimore RNLI crewmember swimming into a narrow cave in challenging sea conditions and bringing the two young kayakers to safety.

 The two teenagers, a boy and a girl, had been reported missing from Rosscarbery on Saturday evening after they had not returned home at their expected time.  A huge search was mounted involving Balimore RNLI and Irish Coast Guard Units.

At 23:00, while the search was ongoing, Baltimore RNLI lifeboat Helm John Kearney heard what he thought was a faint whistle coming from Pouldav cave, known locally for its blow hole.  The lifeboat crew were aboard the RNLI Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat Bessie but could not enter the cave due to the dangerous surf conditions.  The lifeboat crew then launched a small boarding boat from their all weather lifeboat Alan Massey with volunteer crewmembers Ger Sheehy and Sean McCarthy. This smaller boat could only advance within 50 metres of the cave summit due to the area being awash with surf and again too dangerous. RNLI crewmember John Kearney, an experienced sea swimmer, went into the water and swam the last 50 metres to reach the two kayakers. The boy and girl were clinging to a rock surface while waves broke around them.

Both the young people were cold and tired. John carried each of them in turn over his shoulder in chest high water to the boarding boat. Considerable skill was required of Ger Sheehy to keep the small boat steady so that they could be retrieved with the assistance of Sean McCarthy. The girl and boy were then taken to the inshore lifeboat, where they were given a medical assessment and deemed to be fit to return to shore. The inshore lifeboat brought them directly to their families at Mill Cove slip, where they were assessed by a Doctor.  The entire incident took place in the hours of darkness

Commenting on the rescue Baltimore RNLI Helm John Kearney said, “the water in the cave was churning like a washing machine. However I was convinced that I had heard a sound and was concerned for the safety of the kayakers.  I will never forget the relief I felt when I saw the two young people alive and safe inside the cave.  They were very brave and did exactly what they needed to do to get to safety.  We are very lucky to have two lifeboats in Baltimore, and by using all of our available resources and training we were able to bring these young people to safety.”

Double trouble in West Cork

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Published on: August 4, 2012

04/08/2012 A busy bank holiday weekend required the attention of Baltimore Lifeboat in two separate incidents. The first alarm was raised at 19:15 when it was reported that a yacht was in difficulty near Ballydehob. Helm Micheal Cottrell with crew Ronan Callanan and Diarmuid Collins in the Inshore Lifeboat Bessie [...]

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