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Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat launches to boat in difficulty in West Cork

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 6:10 AM

A major multi-agency air and sea operation was put into action yesterday evening (Thursday 31 July) when two men in a boat were reported to be in difficulty in a small boat at Dunmanus Bay, West Cork.

The Castletownbere lifeboat, under coxswain Brian O’Driscoll, was tasked just after 8.00 pm last night and launched within minutes. By the time the lifeboat arrived on scene in Dunmanus Bay at 8.50 p.m. the two casualties, who both were fortunately wearing lifejackets, had been taken from the water by Goleen coastguard and subsequently airlifted to hospital by the Shannon-based Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 115.


Whilst when on the scene, lifeboat crews from Castletownbere and Baltimore inshore boat used a salvage pump to refloat and stricken vessel which was then towed to safety. Castletownbere lifeboat was back to station and ready for service by 11.20 pm.


Commenting on the callout Castletownbere RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Tony O’Sullivan said, ‘This was an excellent example of the collaboration and cooperation that occurs between lifeboat crews and other search and rescue agencies, resulting in a successful outcome’.

Categories: RNLI News, Irish Coast Guard News

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