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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

To donate to Steve’s swim in aid of the RNLI please go to: www.mycharity.ie/event/irelandtowales2013/

For updates on his journey please log on to:
facebook.com/SteveRedmondSwims

or follow Steve’s twitter account: @iswimcoldwater

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: www.mycharity.ie/event/irelandtowales2013/ 

For updates on his journey please log on to:
facebook.com/SteveRedmondSwims

or follow Steve’s twitter account: @iswimcoldwater

 

Glandore Classic Boat Festival

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Published on: August 14, 2013

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File photo of Baltimore Lifeboat at 2013 Glandore Classic Boat Festival

Medical Evacuation from Silver Strand

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Published on: August 8, 2013

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The inshore lifeboat carried out a medical evacuation on Wednesday 7 August from Silver Strand, Sherkin Island.

Medical Evacuation in Church Strand

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Published on: August 1, 2013

A 3 masted barque called for assistance after a middle aged woman sustained leg injuries following a fall. A local GP went aboard and assessed injuries calling for immediate medical evacuation. The boat was anchored in Church Strand 50 m from the Lifeboat Station House. Coxswain Kieran Cotter went alongside [...]

ALB & ILB respond to reported sighting of flares

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Published on: July 31, 2013

31 July 2013 Baltimore RNLI lifeboats were involved in two separate incidents to investigate reported sightings of flares. On Saturday 27 July at 8:17pm, a red flare was reported in the area of Inisbeg. The inshore lifeboat was carriage launched from the slip in it’s first service from the redeveloped [...]

Baltimore RNLI tow yacht with 2 people on board to safety

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Published on: July 26, 2013

26 July 2013 Baltimore RNLI lifeboat was called today at  6:36pm Friday 26 July to assist a yacht in difficulty west of the Stags Rocks near Baltimore Harbour in West Cork. The 30ft yacht had 2 people on board, a man and a woman, when their engine failed and they [...]

Statuette Awarded

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Published on: July 24, 2013

All weather lifeboat crew Eoin Ryan was presented with a statuette today by Ronan Boyle RNLI in recognition of his contribution to Baltimore lifeboat station.

Medical Evacuation from Cape Clear

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Published on: July 20, 2013

The Baltimore RNLI all weather lifeboat was called to provide a medical evacuation today 20 July when a young boy on Cape Clear Island with a suspected appendicitis needed immediate medical attention. Coxwain Kieran Cotter and his crew received the call for assistance at 1:58 pm. The Tamar class lifeboat [...]

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