Baltimore RNLI were called out to help two people on a yacht in Baltimore harbour, West Cork, this afternoon.
The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their inshore lifeboat at 12.05pm, following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to provide assistance to a yacht with two people on board that was in difficulty in strong wind and rough seas in Baltimore harbour.
The boat had broken free from a mooring and was caught by its rudder on a line in the harbour.
The Baltimore inshore lifeboat towed the vessel through rough conditions in the harbour and put the boat on a mooring in the shelter of Sherkin Island.
An anchor was also dropped from the yacht for added security.
The occupants of the yacht were then brought back to Baltimore, and the lifeboat returned to station, arriving at 12.43pm.
Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: “The crew of the yacht did the right thing in alerting the Irish Coast Guard as soon as they knew they were in trouble as it could have escalated very quickly in the poor weather conditions in the harbour at the time.”
The incident was the second call of the day for Baltimore RNLI, who were called out to a Medevac on Sherkin Island in the early hours of this morning.
Baltimore RNLI was called out to provide a medical evacuation in the early hours of Monday from Sherkin Island off the coast of Baltimore, West Cork.
The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 00.28am, following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to provide medical assistance to and evacuation of a man living on the island.
The Baltimore all-weather lifeboat crew arrived at Sherkin Island pier at 00.39am.
Three voluntary lifeboat crew members proceeded to the casualty’s location where they administered casualty care and then transferred him by stretcher back to the lifeboat.
The lifeboat departed Sherkin at 01.19am and handed the casualty over to HSE paramedics who were waiting at Baltimore lifeboat station.
Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer said: ‘Baltimore RNLI often provide medical evacuations to residents of islands off the coast of West Cork.
“If you find yourself in need of medical assistance whilst on an island call 999 or 112."