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RNLI Rescues at Castletownbere & Heir Island

Castletownbere Lifeboat Rescues Seriously Ill Local Fisherman

Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat in West Cork went to the assistance of a 27-metre locally-registered fishing trawler, with six persons onboard, located two miles south of MIzen Head on Wednesday night. A crewman had suddenly become seriously ill. The lifeboat was commanded by Coxswain Dean Hegarty and located the vessel west of Sheep’s Head. Conditions were difficult with a three metre swell and 25 knot south-westerly wind. Two attempts were made to transfer the casualty from the fishing vessel to the lifeboa, but were unsuccessful due to the conditions. The lifeboat then escorted the trawler to just inside the mouth of Castletownbere Harbour where the casualty, a man in his late forties, was transferred in calmer waters.

The Shannon-based Sikorsky Coastguard helicopter Rescue 115 met with the lifeboat, the casualty was transferred to the helicopter and taken to Cork University Hospital.

Baltimore RNLI called out to a medical evacuation from Heir Island

Baltimore RNLI were called out to provide a medical evacuation on the morning of Friday 30th October from Heir Island off the coast of West Cork.

The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 9.22am, following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to provide medical assistance and evacuation to a man living on the island.

The Baltimore all-weather lifeboat crew along with two HSE paramedics arrived at Heir Island pier at 9.32am. The voluntary lifeboat crew assisted the HSE paramedics with a stretcher transfer of the casualty from his home to the lifeboat. The lifeboat then departed Heir Island at 10.34am arriving back to the station in Baltimore at 10.50am.

There were seven volunteer crew onboard the lifeboat, Coxswain Kieran Cotter, Mechanic Micheal Cottrell and crew members Aidan Bushe, Brendan Cottrell, Ronnie Carthy, Emma Lupton and Jerry Smith. Conditions at sea during the call out were calm with a westerly force 2 wind and no sea swell.

Speaking following the call out, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘Baltimore RNLI often provide medical evacuations to residents or visitors to islands off the coast of West Cork. If you find yourself in need of medical assistance whilst on an island call 999 or 112.’