Three rescued from water

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Published on: May 29, 2013

Baltimore RNLI lifeboats responded to an emergency in the Ballydehob area this evening 29th May 2013. The alarm was raised at 17.45 and both the all-weather and inshore lifeboats responded immediately. A kayaker had reported persons in the water between Horse Island and Audley cove. The ILB helmed by Michael Cottrell was first on the scene and was directed by the kayaker towards persons in the water. Assisted by crew Gerald O Brien and Pat O Driscoll two casualties were recovered from the water. One was a good swimmer and was keeping his friend’s head above water, both desperately hanging on and near exhaustion. Pat O Driscoll entered the water to help keep the distressed casualty afloat and both were recovered to the ILB. The ALB and Schull Lifeboat arrived on scene minutes later and both casualties were transferred to Baltimore lifeboat for first aid. The ALB made best speed to Schull Harbour where medical resources had been requested to attend. Goleen Coastguard were at the pier to assist with landing the casualty and docter and ambulance arrived soon after. A 3rd survivor who had been rescued and brought to safety by the kayaker was transferred from Audley Cove by the ILB to join his friends in Schull.
Concern centered around the condition of the most distressed casualty. He was hypothermic and had swallowed a considerable amount of seawater. The Coastguard rescue helicopter from Shannon arrived on scene, landed in adjacent playing fields and airlifted him to hospital.
None of the survivors were wearing life-jackets and all were lightly clad. Their small craft had capsized and they were attempting to swim to shore. The evening was fine and warm but with a stiff Northerly breeze. A strong flood tide was sweeping through the sound between Horse Island and the shore.
Baltimore Lifeboat was crewed by Coxswain, Kieran Cotter, Mechanic, Sean McCarthy along with Jim Griffiths, Ger Sheehy, Ronnie Carthy, John O Flynn and Eoin Ryan.

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