Baltimore lifeboat scrambled to assist two vessels

Baltimore inshore lIfeboat was called into service twice last night to assist vessels in distress in poor weather conditions.

A yacht dragging its anchor in Church Strand called for assistance while winds were freshening to force 7 from the southwest with heavy rain and poor visibility, a statement from the lifeboat service said.

The alarm was raised at 8.15pm last night. Lifeboat helmsman John Kearney and crew Micheal Cottrell and Ronan Calnan provided assistance to the lone yachtsman, helped to secure the vessel and escorted her back to Baltimore Harbour.

Later at 10:40pm the inshore lifeboat was again called out to give assistance to a RIB that had gone aground on a rocky shore following engine failure. There was one man and two children on board at the time. The inshore lifeboat was launched again under the direction of helmsman Kearney and crew Paul O’Driscoll and Tadhg Collins. Again the lifeboat was able to secure the safety of the vessel and passengers.


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