New ILB for Baltimore

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Published on: September 16, 2013


RNLI’s Atlantic 75 Alice and Charles reporting for duty in Baltimore. After a swop with Helvick this ILB will be carriage launched from the redeveloped boathouse at Bull Point.
Meanwhile the ALB Alan Massey was in service last night bringing Firefighters and Gardai to a reported fire in Cape Clear. After a rough trip out the Bay in a fresh Westerly wind the fire proved to be a false alarm.

ILB City of Bradford V leaves Baltimore

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Published on: September 15, 2013

Baltimore RNLI inshore Atlantic 75 City of Bradford V leaving Baltimore by lorry for Helvick where she will lie afloat. Helvicks boat Alice and Charles will be brought to Baltimore tomorrow. The Tamar class Alan Massey will provide lifeboat cover overnight. The City of Bradford V is fully prepared for [...]

Derry Clarke Barbecue in Sherkin

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Published on: September 12, 2013

Barbecue in Sherkin at the Islanders Rest Hotel in aid of the RNLI. Chef Derry Clarke of L’Ecrivain restaurant in Dublin in charge. Saturday Sept 14th from 3 til the last ferry. The weather looks good so should be a great day. For more details call 028 20116.

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

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

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ILB rescues 4 people & 2 dogs

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Published on: August 20, 2013

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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.

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: 

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Glandore Classic Boat Festival

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Published on: August 14, 2013


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 [...]

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