Baltimore RNLI on a 9am intervention to help a yacht in difficulty

Baltimore RNLI was called in to provide assistance to a yacht with four people on board which ran into difficulty 52 miles off Baltimore, West Cork, yesterday (Sunday June 5).

The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat just before 1 p.m. following requests from the Irish Coast Guard and the UK Coast Guard to come to the rescue of a 36ft motor yacht, with four people on board, who had encountered difficulties and was 52 years old. miles south of Baltimore.

The Baltimore all-weather lifeboat crew arrived at the casualty vessel at 3:22 p.m. After ensuring that all four people on board were okay, helmsman Aidan Bushe assessed the situation and decided that
undertaking a tow was necessary and the surest way to help the victims.

Volunteer lifeboat crew members towed the yacht and the lifeboat and salvage vessel were underway by 3:30 p.m. The lifeboat then proceeded to Baltimore Harbor, the nearest safe and suitable port, and secured the casualty vessel to the pontoon at 10:14 p.m. The lifeboat then returned to the station, arriving at 10:25 p.m.

There were six volunteer crew aboard the lifeboat, helmsman Aidan Bushe, engineer Micheal Cottrell and crew members Pat Collins, David Ryan, Colin Whooley and Jim Griffiths. The sea conditions during the stopover were rough with a force 3-4 easterly wind, a 1.1 m swell and good visibility.

Speaking following the call, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Kate Callanan said: ‘It was a long call for our volunteer lifeboat crew who spent over 9 hours at sea, but the occupants of the yacht did the right thing by asking for help. We wish them good luck for the rest of their journey. If you encounter difficulties at sea or on the coast, call 999 or 112 and ask for the coast guard.

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