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Baltimore RNLI called out to assist a speedboat in difficulty last night

September 5th, 2018 9:35 AM

By Southern Star Team

Baltimore inshore lifeboat (stock image).

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Baltimore RNLI was called out last night to a speedboat with engine trouble near Bird Island, off Cape Clear.

While the volunteer lifeboat crew were on exercise in their inshore lifeboat, a request came in from the Irish Coast Guard at 7.55pm to assist a 17ft speedboat, with four people onboard, reporting to have engine trouble north of Bird Island near Cape Clear.

The lifeboat, with three volunteer crew onboard, helm John Kearney and crew members John McDonough and Colin Rochford, were already in the vicinity of Cape Clear when the call came in and reached the casualty vessel at 7.57pm.  

When they arrived on scene, the speedboat was only 100m north of Bird Island and was drifting towards the shore in calm seas, but in an area known for its strong tides.  

The lifeboat immediately secured a tow line to the bow of the speedboat and after confirming all onboard were okay they towed the vessel to Baltimore harbour.  The lifeboat then returned to station, arriving at 9pm.  Assisting at the lifeboat station were Jerry and Rianne Smith.

Conditions at the time were calm with a northerly force 2-3 wind and slight sea swell.

Speaking following the call-out, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer said: ‘It is important to remember when heading out to sea, to ensure you have adequate safety equipment onboard including an anchor, a means of communication and to wear lifejackets or buoyancy aids at all times.  If you get into difficulty at sea or on the coast, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’

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