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Boat trip claims life in Roaring Water Bay

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Published on: August 14, 2014

The body of a man has been recovered from the water today 14 August. The man was found North of Sherkin Island by the inshore lifeboat and taken to the station at Bullpoint where he was pronounced dead by RNLI Medical Advisor Dr Don Creagh. Sergeant Tony McCarthy and Garda Mairtín Ashe attended the scene and supervised removal to CUH for post mortem. Helm Youen Jacob with crew John Kearney and Ryan O’Mahony had been searching since 5:30 am this morning when they spotted a life jacket at 8:15 approx. Earlier they had given medical assistance to the two sailors who had made it to the safety of Castle Island.

This is a sad end to a sailing trip which had set out from Schull yesterday afternoon. The alarm was raised when the19ft open Drascomb Lugger failed to return at 7pm last night.

Both the ALB (under Coxswain Kieran Cotter, Mechanic Brian McSweeney and crew John O’Flynn, Jerry Smith, Eoin Ryan, Don O’Donovan and Diarmuid Collins) and ILB (Helm Kieran Collins, Micheál Cottrell and Tadhg Collins) searched until after midnight when the search was stood down by the Coastguard.

The search resumed again at 5:30 today with both the ALB (Coxswain Pat Collins, Mechanic Sean McCarthy, Shane McSweeney, Diarmuid Collins, John O’Flynn,Tadhg Collins) and ILB (Helm Youen Jacob, John Kearney and Ryan O’Mahony) searching Roaring Water Bay.


Photo: Richard O’Flynn

Baltimore Lifeboats in Diver search

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Published on: July 2, 2014

RNLI Baltimore Lifeboats were tasked at 9:52 today 02 July 2014 to assist at a dive incident in the Glandore / Castlehaven area. Two divers were reported in difficulty. One of them was recovered unconscious to the dive vessel and was airlifted to hospital but was later pronounced dead. Coxswain Aidan Bushe on the all weather life boat, Alan Massey, and Helm Micheal Cottrell on the Inshore Lifeboat  RIB, Alice and Charles, continued to search for the remaining missing diver. Relief crews went to Union Hall to refuel the ILB and for crew changes on the ILB & ALB. The search was stood down later in the afternoon when a second body was recovered from the water.

(Photo Youen Jacob)

ILB tows Dive RIB to safety in Schull

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Published on: July 1, 2014

The inshore lifeboat was requested to launch at 14:12 today to a 7 meter dive RIB experiencing fuel problems. At the time the RIB was positioned West of the Calf Islands. Helm Tadhg Collins and crew Diarmuid Collins and Jason Pavry towed the RIB to Schull pier and secured it [...]

Irish Times feature Baltimore RNLI Inshore lifeboat in data balloon rescue

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Published on: May 7, 2014

Cork students capture images of Ireland from camera attached to a balloon

Pupils delighted to discover camera survived fall to earth, landing at sea

Barry Roche

First published: Wed, May 7, 2014, 11:21


Pupils at a Corkschool are celebrating after their entry in an international competition to send a helium balloon into the stratosphere proved successful when they captured some impressive photographs of the earth.The eight pupils from Terence MacSwiney College in Knocknaheeny on the city’s northside, under the guidance of science teacher, Lillian Heylin, spent the past six weeks preparing their entry in the Global Space Balloon Challenge which is organised by academic institutions in the US.

The team made up of William O’Mahony, Aisling Walsh, Rebecca Murphy, Stuart Murphy, Josh Crean, Dominic Kelly, Jamie Twomey and Chloe Lingwood launched the balloon on Friday from the Valentia Observatory in Cahersiveen in Co Kerry with help from Mike Crean of Met Eireann.

Ms Heylin explained that the aim of the challenge, which saw the Cork school compete with post-graduate students at some top international universities, was to see how high the balloon could go before bursting and to capture images with a specially attached digital camera.

“The students had to work out the best position to locate the digital camera in a special styrofoam box and how to ensure it didn’t freeze at really high altitudes where the temperature drops to minus 60 degrees so there was a lot of science involved in doing the project,” she said.

According to Ms Heylin, they estimated that the balloon went up to 23kms in around 90 minutes before bursting and activating a parachute that safely brought the camera and a GPS tracker back to earth only to land in the sea some four miles off Baltimore in West Cork.

Terence MacSwiney College Principal, Willie McAuliffe tracked the balloon’s ascent and descent with the GPS tracker and was able to give the co-ordinates of where it landed to Jerry O’Brien of Valentia Coastguard who passed on the details to Baltimore Inshore Lifeboat.

The camera was recovered by Baltimore Inshore Lifeboat who handed it over to Lifeboat Operations Manager Tom Bushe who returned it to Mr McAuliffe who brought it back to Terence MacSwiney College where the students set about retrieving the photos from the digital camera.

“The kids were just so excited that the camera was recovered first of all and then to discover that it had worked perfectly to capture such fantastic images was a real surprise – they were delighted to get such beautiful pictures and they had such fun on the project, it really was a great success.”

Inshore Lifeboat Helm John Kearney with Pat O’Oriscoll and Conor Dempsey were happy to oblige with the search as part of a scheduled exercise.


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.

Medical Evacuation from Silver Strand

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Published on: August 8, 2013


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

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 [...]

Inshore Lifeboat assists swamped classic wooden dinghy

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Published on: July 6, 2013

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Baltimore lifeboat station refurbishments near completion.

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Published on: June 14, 2013

Thursday marked another phase in the near completion of the Baltimore lifeboat boathouse refurbishments. Baltimore ILB (inshore lifeboat) ‘City of Bradford v’ was conducting trials on the slipway at the station. The boat was hauled and launched several times on a purpose built Do-Do trolley, that runs on rails on [...]

Baltimore Lifeboats tow a boat to safety.

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Published on: June 11, 2013

Baltimore Lifeboat ‘Alan Massey’ tows a boat to safety, after it suffered engine trouble and went ashore on Sherkin Island. Baltimore ILB (inshore lifeboat) escorts the stricken vessel to assist in putting it on its mooring.

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