Archives for 2012 (75)

ALB launched to assist disabled yacht

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Published on: May 21, 2012

At 20:02 this evening, Valentia Coastguard raised an alarm concerning a yacht disabled 5 miles South of Mizen Head. The Tamar class all weather lifeboat Alan Massey was launched to give assistance to the 35ft yacht and is currently en route to the stricken vessel. Although weather conditions are good, [...]

Lifeboat crew save a stranded sheep.

This evening the crew of Baltimore Inshore RNLI Lifeboat ‘Bessie’ carried out an unusual rescue. A sheep belonging to a local farmer had been trapped on a ledge close to sea level, several attempts over the two previous days had failed to reach the sheep. After consultation with station personnel it was decided that once there was a break in the bad weather that the lifeboat would make an attempt to reach the stranded sheep. At 7.30pm Baltimore’s Inshore Lifeboat launched under helm Youen Jacob and crewed by Ronan Callanan and Tadhg Collins, and after two days on the ledge the sheep was brought safely to shore.

Navigators

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Published on: April 21, 2012

Ronan Callanan and Sean Mc Carthy study electronic charts during a navigation exercise aboard Baltimore Lifeboat today.

Tomorrow Sunday 21st at 11am Baltimore lifeboat will rendevous with the Cape Clear ferry Dún an óir in Baltimore harbour to undertake a scenario based exercise. With the ferries heading into their busy season, training like this is valuable to both the lifeboat crew and ferry crew. It will help them develope their knowledge, skills and confidence to be able to deal with the events that everyone hopes will never happen. Thanks to the crew, managment and staff of the Cape Clear ferry for their time and help.

Helicopter Exercise Photo

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Published on: April 19, 2012

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Alan Massey took part in a joint nightiime exercise with the Irish Coastguard Helicopter last night. RNLI photographer Nigel Millard was on board to record the action.

Medical Evacuation Complete

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Published on: April 13, 2012

The Maersk Tanker Clarisa, en route from Milford Haven to New York, diverted course to rendezvous with the all weather lifeboat Alan Massey, South of Cape Clear Island early this evening. A 20 year old male crewman was in urgent need of medical assistance following an accident on board. Coxwain Kieran Cotter manouevred the Tamar class lifeboat alongside the 29,000 tonne oil tanker while it was still moving to transfer the injured seaman to safety. The lifeboat which is capable of speeds of up to 25 knots returned to Baltimore Pier where medical attention was offered to the seaman.

On board the lifeboat were Coxswain Kieran Cotter, Mechanic Cathal Cottrell, Pat Collins, Ger Sheehy, Diarmuid Collins, John O’Flynn and Brendan Cottrell.

Medical Evacuation from Tanker

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Published on: April 13, 2012

At 18:22 this evening Baltimore Lifeboat was asked to go to the assistance of a merchant seaman in urgent need of medical attention on board the Tanker Clarisa. The tanker was 4.8 nautical miles SW of Cape Clear at the time of the alert.

All Home All Safe

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Published on: April 7, 2012

A dive boat Barramundi with 8 people on board experienced engine failure near the Kedges rock outside Baltimore Harbour this morning. The alarm was raised at 12:25 and within minutes Helmsman Youen Jacob with crew Mícheál Cottrell and Ronan Callanan were on their way in the ILB Bessie to offer assistance. They found the 6.5 metre Ribcraft at anchor 100 yards off the Kedges. The divers had not yet commenced diving when their engine broke down. The divers had then thrown out an anchor to avoid being pushed onto the rocks nearby. The lifeboat crew secured the RIB and towed her back into the safety of Baltimore Harbour. All were returned safe to dry land within an hour of the bleepers going off.

Baltimore Community News Update Spring 2012

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Published on: April 6, 2012

NEW BOAT – SAME COMMITMENT

It has been and continues to be an intense period of change at Baltimore Lifeboat station. We have welcomed the long anticipated Tamar class lifeboat Alan Massey to Baltimore and with some regrets said goodbye to the long serving Tyne class Hilda Jarrett. We have changed from a slip launched All Weather Lifeboat (ALB) to an afloat boat and we are soon to be temporarily evicted from our lifeboat station house as the builders move in. This will bring more changes as the ALB crew will operate from a container in the field beside the station using a boarding boat from the new breakwater. Our challenge is to continue to maintain the service expected of us through this difficult transition period. The disruption at Bullpoint will ultimately lead to a lifesaving facility second to none. Baltimore Lifeboat station is uniquely destined to have a state of the art Tamar ALB & Atlantic 85 ILB co-located in our village.

On February 10th 2012, the Alan Massey left RNLI Headquarters in Poole calling at lifeboat stations on the South coast of England before making an Irish landfall at Kilmore Quay. Onboard the lifeboat were Baltimore RNLI crewmembers, Coxswain Kieran Cotter, Mechanic Cathal Cottrell, Jerry Smith, Ronnie Carthy and Pat Collins along with RNLI Training Divisional Inspector Owen Medland and Deputy Divisional Engineer Michael Carmody. The final leg of the journey from Crosshaven to Baltimore Harbour was timed for a 14:15 arrival on 15th February 2012. The Hilda Jarrett and the ILB Bessie rendezvoused South of the Baltimore Beacon to accompany the new lifeboat on her triumphant arrival. Local ferry operators brought passengers out to escort the new lifeboat home. They were accompanied by a fleet of over 150 Optimist and Laser dinghy sailors.  Ferries, RIBS, and motorboats all sounded horns and cheered the new lifeboat into Baltimore.  Local school children from Rathmore NS lined the pier and sang Phil Coulters Lifeboat song to welcome in the new boat. Alan Massey was largely funded through a legacy from Mrs Dorothy May Massey from Watford in England, and has been named in memory of her late brother Alan, who it is understood had a love of the sea.

It is a proud day for Baltimore. RNLI Coxswain Kieran Cotter said, “We have been looking forward to this moment for a long time and we wish to acknowledge our volunteer lifeboat crew both past and present. The arrival of a new lifeboat to a station is an occasion of great pride and excitement. The Hilda Jarrett has served us well for over twenty years but as a Coxswain you look forward to receiving the newest lifeboat model with all the latest developments and technology onboard. We say goodbye to our Tyne class lifeboat, which will be returned to the relief fleet in Poole. We have so many memories onboard that old lifeboat, one of the highlights being the Rambler 100 rescue last August. However along with the successful rescues there have also been tragedies and most recently we witnessed this with the search for the missing crewmen from the Tit Bonhomme in Glandore Harbour. Our thoughts are with their families today.” Baltimore Lifeboat has benefited from huge support from local families both past and present. It is appropriate that we acknowledge the service of recently deceased former crew, Billy Andy O’Driscoll and Donie O’Regan , who personified the volunteer ethos of Lifeboat crews.

The new boat’s arrival in Baltimore was followed by weeks of intensive training for the crew with the support of the RNLI divisional staff. The boat was launching up to 3 times each day with different crews to develop competency with the new boat and equipment. It was with great pride and satisfaction that the boat and crew were declared ready for active service on Friday 9th of March and the Tamar Alan Massey became Baltimore Lifeboat.

During the commissioning period we made many calls to the other coastal communities in our area to display Alan Massey and more importantly to acknowledge support for Baltimore Lifeboat. We visited Sherkin, Cape Clear Islands, Cunnamore, Schull, Glandore, Union Hall, Crookhaven, Courtmacsherry, Castletownshend and Castletownbere as well as making an overnight passage to Valentia. Though based in Baltimore and crewed here the Baltimore Lifeboats support all seafaring and island communities from Galley Head to the Mizen.

Less than a fortnight after commissioning Alan Massey was called into service when the pagers sounded at 21:14 on 22/03/2012 tasking the crew to a fishing trawler with a fouled propellor, 19 miles South of Baltimore. The crew aboard Alan Massey were coxswain Kieran Cotter, mechanic Cathal Cottrell and crew Pat Collins, Mícheál Cottrell, Brian McSweeney, Don O Donovan and John O Flynn. The fishing vessel managed to get their propellor freed and the lifeboat, which was half way to the position was returned to station. It is possible to follow lifeboat shouts on Twitter @rnlibaltimore, on Facebook and on our website www.baltimorelifeboat.ie.

The last slip launch of an ALB at Bull Point marked the end of an era for the station. The Hilda Jarrett slid down into the waters of Church Strand at 3pm on Sunday 18th March for the last time. It was a nostalgic moment watched by a large crowd. Slip crew who have tirelessly operated winches at all times of the day and night can relax now until their ‘reberth’ as slip crew for an Atlantic 85.

Hilda Jarrett remained on moorings in the Harbour until the following Tuesday 20th March, when she sailed on passage to Conwy in Wales. There she is being prepared to enter the RNLI fleet initially at the Welsh Station of Moelfre. As she made her passage East from Baltimore she was no longer Baltimore Lifeboat, just lifeboat 47-024. We trust she will save many more lives and continue to bring home safely those who serve on her.

First Callout for ‘Alan Massey’

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Published on: March 23, 2012

Baltimore Lifeboat ‘Alan Massey’ launched on her first callout since going on station in Baltimore. The pagers sounded at 2114hrs 22/3/12 tasking the crew to a fishing trawler with a fouled propellor, 19 miles South of Baltimore. The crew aboard ‘Alan Massey’ were coxswain Kieran Cotter, mechanic Cathal Cottrell and [...]

Photos of Last Slip Launch of Hilda Jarrett

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Published on: March 18, 2012

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