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RNLI to the rescue

Wednesday, 18th July, 2018 5:11pm

A yacht with one person on board was assisted on Monday night by the Baltimore RNLI off the West coast.

The volunteer lifeboat crew were on exercise south of Baltimore Harbour at 8.50pm when the Irish Coast Guard requested them to go to the immediate assistance of a 23 foot yacht just north of Cape Clear Island.

The Baltimore all weather lifeboat, with six crew members aboard, arrived on the scene just after 9pm and found the yacht to be experiencing engine difficulties.

The yacht was then escorted under sail on its passage to Cape Clear where it was safely berthed within the harbour.

Conditions in the area at the time were relatively calm with a westerly force three-four wind and a 0.5 meter swell.

Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: “Even though the yacht was able to make its own way to Cape Clear, the owner did the correct thing in requesting assistance given that he had no properly functioning engine and wasn’t sure how he would manage entering the harbour on his own. If you get into difficulty on the water or along the coast, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.”

The six volunteer crew members included Coxswain Kieran Cotter, mechanic Micheal Cottrell and crew members Ronnie Carthy, David Ryan, Don O’Donovan and Jim Giffiths.

Prior to returning to the station, the lifeboat made its way out to the Fastnet Rock lighthouse to see the Baltimore RNLI crew racing their boat ‘Juggerknot’ in the Beaufort Cup. The Beaufort Cup is a series of races for military and rescue service crews, part of Volvo Cork Week.

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