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 [...]
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 [...]
A new Tamar class RNLI lifeboat recently put on service at Baltimore in West Cork, was this weekend (Saturday 22 September 2012) officially named Alan Massey during a special ceremony. The lifeboat was substantially funded by a legacy from Ms Dorothy May Massey in honour of her late brother Alan. It was named by Mrs Sue Windsor, a close family friend of Ms Massey, before being handed over to Baltimore RNLI.
Mr. Declan Tiernan, Chairperson of the Baltimore Lifeboat Station stated that the lifeboat has already proved its worth. He told the crowd about a recent callout which involved the new lifeboat and its Y boat (an inflatable boat carried on the deck of the lifeboat). Last month two teenagers were trapped in a cave and conditions were making it impossible for rescuers to get close, the lifeboat crew deployed the small Y boat from the lifeboat to bring the lifeboat volunteers as far into the narrow cave as they could safely go before a crewmember then swam the rest of the way and brought them to safety.
RNLI Operations Director Michael Vlasto OBE, who travelled to Baltimore to accept the lifeboat into the care of the Institution commented, “ Baltimore’s lifeboats have a proud history of lifesaving dating back to 1919 and since then have launched 718 times and in so doing have rescued 661 people. Ten medals have been awarded, the last being voted in 1992 to the current Coxswain Kieran Cotter.
In the RNLI, the safety of our volunteer crew is paramount. We strive to ensure they have the best lifeboats, excellent training and first class equipment to carry out their often difficult tasks. This Tamar lifeboat is state of the art and has proven to be a thoroughly reliable and capable lifesaving craft since its arrival here at Baltimore.”
Tom Bushe, Baltimore RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager accepted the lifeboat into the care of the Baltimore Lifeboat station. The new lifeboat has already launched 14 times and rescued 17 people since its arrival in February. Tom added, “ We are very proud to be the custodians of this lifeboat. The crew in Baltimore provide an exceptional service to their community. These are ordinary people who are ready to risk their own lives in the service of others.
The lifeboat was officially named in the traditional way of breaking a bottle of champagne over the bow. Mrs Sue Windsor then named the lifeboat Alan Massey.
Ms Dorothy May Massey was born in 1906 and lived in Watford. She was the youngest of three children. It was her wish to fund a lifeboat and she passed away in 2003 aged 97. The Baltimore Tamar lifeboat has been substantially funded by her legacy together with the generous bequests of Henry and Joan Jermyn, John Noel Harvey Ward and John Heath.
The new Tamar class lifeboat is 16.3 metres in length with a maximum speed of 25 knots compared to the 14.3 metres of Baltimore RNLI’s former Tyne class lifeboat, which had a maximum speed of 18 knots. The lifeboat is self-righting and is fitted with an integrated electronics systems and information management system, which allows the lifeboat crew to monitor, operate and control many of the boats systems from shock mitigating seats. It has room for 44 survivors.
The event included local school children from Rath National School who sang the lifeboat anthem Home from the Sea and groups and musicians including the Rathmore Church Choir, The Baltimore Singers and HX Brass.
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.
Baltimore was the 4th busiest station in Ireland this Summer clocking up 8 services each for the inshore lifeboat, Bessie and all weather lifeboat, Alan Massey. The busiest station overall in Ireland was Enniskillen, which operates two inshore lifeboats on Lough Erne and two Rescue Water Craft who launched 23 times. They were followed by Dun Laoghaire RNLI in Dublin and lifeboat crews in Bangor and Portrush who all launched 18 times each.
The figures, which cover the period June 1 to August 31 2012 and include all the charity’s lifeboats across Ireland, are down three per cent nationally compared to the 2011 figures, but Baltimore experienced a dramatic increase in services from 12 shouts in 2011 to 16 in 2012.
So we have even more reasons to celebrate at our naming and dedication ceremony of our €3million Tamar class all weather lifeboat, Alan Massey next Saturday.
Thanks to Turlough O’Donnell for this super photo and to Best Photos of Baltimore for featuring the lifeboat all this week in the run up to our big day.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”