RIB adrift Coosheen Point, Schull

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Published on: August 3, 2015

Tragedy was averted this evening 3rd August after a RIB with 5 persons onboard called for assistance. The alert that a RIB was adrift in the Gascannane Sound off Sherkin Island came at 18:24. Later this was revised to a position 100 metres off rocks East of Schull Harbour. The all weather lifeboat was launched with a crew of 7 on board at 18:32. Weather conditions at the time were as follows; West South West Winds Force 6-7, Sea State – Rough The stricken RIB had put out an anchor to try and hold her position but it was not holding. The lifeboat advised putting out as much rope as possible to try & secure the anchor. The lifeboat also used VHF direction finding to locate the RIB.Schull Inshore Rescue were first on scene at Coosheen point East of Schull Harbour. They established a tow with the 8 metre blue and orange RIB. Baltimore Lifeboat arrived minutes later at 18:51 and stood by to support the tow back into Schull.On board were Kieran Cotter Coxswain, Jerry Smith Mechanic, Brendan Cottrell, Jim Baker, Colin Whooley, Don Donovan and Pat Collins


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