Baltimore RNLI was called out earlier this (Saturday) morning to provide assistance to a yacht in difficulty off Baltimore Harbour in West Cork.
The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their inshore lifeboat at 8.05am, following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to assist a 37 foot yacht, with three people on board, which had suffered engine failure just off Baltimore Harbour.
The Baltimore inshore lifeboat arrived at the casualty vessel at 8.12am and voluntary lifeboat crew member Eoin O’Driscoll was put aboard to rig a tow. The inshore lifeboat towed the casualty vessel back to Baltimore Harbour and put them on a mooring off Sherkin Island. Once the casualty vessel was secured, the lifeboat returned to the station, arriving at 8.59am.
There were four volunteer crew onboard the lifeboat, Helm Micheal Cottrell and crew members, Pat O’Driscoll, Eoin O’Driscoll and Kieran O’Driscoll. Conditions at sea during the call were calm with an easterly force 1-2 wind and no sea swell.
Speaking following the call out, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, said: ‘The skipper of the yacht did the right thing in requesting assistance as he felt winds were too light to allow him to safely access the harbour. If you get into difficulty at sea or on the coast, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’