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Successful rescues for Baltimore RNLI

Wednesday, 9th August, 2017 4:49pm

Baltimore RNLI were heroes again as they brought two people safely ashore on Tuesday while they also rescued a girl over the Bank Holiday weekend.

On Tuesday afternoon two people were brought to safety after their RIB (rigid inflatable boat) lost power east of Fastnet Rock lighthouse off the West Cork coast.

The volunteer lifeboat crew, who were already on exercise in the area of the Fastnet Rock lighthouse, were alerted by a call from a vessel at 3.15pm that another vessel with two people onboard had lost all power.

Once on scene the lifeboat crew established a tow and brought the vessel back to Baltimore Harbour, securing her to the pontoon before returning to the lifeboat station at 4.20pm.

There were six volunteer crew onboard the lifeboat; coxswain Kieran Cotter, mechanic Sean McCarthy and crew members Pat Collins, Don O’Donovan, Eoin Ryan and Cyril Thornton.

Speaking following the callout, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: "Thankfully the lifeboat crew were on scene very quickly after the call was raised. Baltimore RNLI has a strong connection to the Fastnet Race having been involved in a number of dramatic rescues over the years. The lifeboat crew regularly exercise during the famous race to be nearby in case they receive a call for help."

Meanwhile the crew carried out a medical evacuation on Sunday night for a student on Cape Clear Island off the coast of West Cork.

The volunteer lifeboat crew was tasked to launch their all-weather lifeboat following a request from the Irish Coast Guard at 10.11pm to provide medical assistance and evacuation to a student who received an injury after a fall.

Once on scene, three of the volunteer crew went ashore and were brought to the casualty. They administered casualty care before transferring the injured girl back to the all-weather lifeboat.

The lifeboat then returned to Baltimore Lifeboat Station at 11.40pm and handed the casualty over to the care of HSE ambulance crew who were waiting at the station.

Speaking following the call out Ms Callanan said: “The lifeboat is often called upon to act as an ambulance service between the islands and mainland, and our volunteer crews are trained to a high standard in first aid and casualty care.

"If you find yourself at sea or on an island in need of medical assistance, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard. We wish her a full and speedy recovery.”

There were seven volunteer crew onboard the lifeboat, coxswain Kieran Cotter and mechanic Brian McSweeney as well as crew members Jerry Smith, Pat Collins, Diarmuid Collins, Jim Griffiths and Ryan O’Mahony.

Micheal Cottrell, Rianne Smith, Eoin Ryan, Sean McCarthy, Don O’Donovan and David Ryan provided shore crew assistance at the lifeboat house.

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