An alarm was raised this afternoon at 16:10 when two adult males were flung into the sea from their RIB. The men had been practicing manouevres in the Harbour when the steering wheel came off and they were thrown overboard. The sea was quite choppy at the time as South-Easterly Force 5-6 winds prevailed.
The boarding boat from the all weather lifeboat was despatched with Pat Collins and Tadhg Collins on board to assess the situation. The two men had managed to swim away from the RIB and found shelter on a visiting Ketch, Whirled, which was anchored near Sherkin Island some few hundred metres away. The men were later taken aboard the all weather lifeboat Alan Massey, and given a full medical check.
In the meantime the unmanned RIB was continuing to circle at speeds of up to 20 knots and moving incrementally in an easterly direction toward the pier. A local tour boat Sea Safari operated by Micheal Cottrell stood by to ensure a cordon of safety around the now hazardous RIB. Pat Collins in the lifeboat boarding boat manoevred close enough to the RIB to allow Tadhg Collins to jump on board. Tadhg was able to knock the powerful RIB engines out of gear and a tow was established to bring the RIB back to Baltimore Harbour.
On board the all weather lifeboat were; Coxswain Aidan Bushe, Mechanic Cathal Cottrell, Jerry Smith, Simon Duggan and Ronan Callanan. on the lifeboat boarding boat Pat Collins and Tadhg Collins and on Sea Safari Micheal Cottrell and Kieran Collins.