The rescue of the Rhodesian ridgeback in Courtmacsherry Bay by the local RNLI team on Friday night came less than an hour after they had towed a fishing boat to safety in their all-weather lifeboat the Sir Frederick Storey Cockburn.
The 18m vessel, with a crew of five, got into difficulties 3km off the Seven Heads and was found drifting at 6.10pm. It was towed in in two hours, in a 1.5m swell, to Courtmacsherry pier, under lifeboat coxswain Seán O’Farrell and a six-member voluntary crew.
Minutes later, they were on their way to another incident, after an emergency call from Valentia Coastguard tasked them to help with Kaydo, who fell from high cliffs near Broadstrand. The owner, from Leap in West Cork, tried climbing down the cliff to retrieve it but sought assistance when he was unable to do so.
“Within minutes, at 8.50pm, the lifeboat arrived at the base of the cliffs,” said Courtmacsherry Lifeboat spokesman Vincent O’Donovan. “With the use of its powerful engines and spotlights, the stricken dog was located on the water’s edge.”
Crew members Ciaran Hurley and Dean Hennessy used an inflatable rescue punt to access the jagged rocks, reach the dog, and take it on board the lifeboat, while the owner climbed back up to safe ground.
Shortly before 4pm on Saturday, the Sir Frederick Storey Cockburn went to help a fishing vessel in difficulty about 3.5km south of the Old Head of Kinsale, and towed it and six crew into Kinsale harbour.
“The callouts displayed the ability of the crew and boat to deal with very serious situations quickly and efficiently in dangerous terrain,” said Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat operations manager Brian O’Dwyer.