Ballycotton Lifeboat

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution exists to save lives at sea and is entirely supported by voluntary contributions. Registered Charity No CHY2678

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Service Calls for 2003  Service Calls for 2004 

Service Calls for 2005  Service Calls for 2006 

Service Calls for 2007  Service Calls for 2008

Service Calls for 2009  Service Calls for 2010

Service Calls for 2011 Service Calls for 2012

Service Calls for 2013

 

Service Calls for 2007

All service reports are listed with the most recent at the top of the page

 

 

 

15/07  20/10/07  Remoored: 16:15  Weather: SE F 4 / 5  Vis. Good  Sea: Moderate  Crew: Ian Sheridan (Cox), Michael Lane Walsh, Peter O'Shea, Máire Scanlon, Orla Lynch, Padraig Finn, Diarmuid Walsh

Whilst on exercise Ballycotton lifeboat, Austin Lidbury, was alerted to a fishing vessel taking water 3 miles south of Ballycotton.  The lifeboat arrived shortly afterwards and placed a crewmember and pump aboard the 44 foot fishing vessel, Kindred Star.  A towline was established and the vessel towed to Ballycotton.

 

14/07  11/09/07  Remoored: 23:10  Weather: NW F2  Vis. Very Good  Sea: Calm  Crew: Ian Sheridan (Cox), Redmond Lane Walsh, Maria Morrison, Diarmuid Walsh, Eolan Walsh, Peter O'Shea

A Pan Pan was sent out at 20:50 and Crosshaven and Ballycotton lifeboats were launched.  A Dunmore East fishing vessel started taking water 12 miles south of Ballycotton and its two crewmembers took to the vessel's liferaft.  The survivors were taken on board the Crosshaven lifeboat who proceeded on a course to meet the Ballycotton lifeboat, Austin Lidbury.  The survivors were taken to Ballycotton lifeboat house where they were examined by a doctor before heading home with their families.

 

13/07  28/08/07  Remoored: 21:00  Weather: NW F 3  Vis. Very Good  Sea: Calm  Crew: Ian Sheridan (Cox), Michael Lane Walsh, Redmond Lane Walsh, Máire Scanlon, Orla Lynch, Brian Motyer

Valentia Coastguard activated the crew's pagers at 15:45 and the Austin Lidbury launched to lend assistance to a 33 ft. English registered yacht, 25 miles SE of Ballycotton.  The pleasure craft had picked up nets on its propeller and was in need of a tow.  Earlier in the day the yacht had blown out its main sail.  A towline was established and the yacht was taken to Ballycotton where it was safely secured in the harbour.

 

12/07  20/08/07  Remoored: 16:25  Weather: NW F 6  Vis. Good  Sea: Moderate  Crew: Ian Sheridan (Cox), Michael Lane Walsh, Redmond Lane Walsh, Eolan Walsh, Aidan Sliney, Máire Scanlon, Orla Lynch

Valentia Coastguard activated the pagers and the crew assembled at the station to be informed of windsurfers being blown out to sea off Inch Strand.  The Austin Lidbury launched immediately and proceeded to the scene.  However, when they reached Ballycotton lighthouse they were informed by the coastguard that the windsurfers had succeeded in returning safely to shore and the lifeboat was stood down.  The lifeboat returned to station ready for service again.

 

11/07  15/08/07  Remoored: 23:52  Weather: NW F. 3 / 4  Vis. Good  Sea: Moderate / Choppy  Crew: Ian Sheridan (Cox), Michael Lane Walsh, Máire Scanlon, Diarmuid Walsh, Peter O'Shea, Orla Lynch, Brian Motyer, Aidan Sliney

Ballycotton lifeboat, Austin Lidbury, launched to lend assistance to the speed boat, Searay, with three persons on board.  The craft had experienced difficulties off Capel Island, east of Ballycotton.  The Searay was taken under tow and brought to Ballycotton.

 

10/07  10/08/07  Remoored: 18:00  Weather: SSW F4  Vis. Moderate  Sea: Moderate  Crew: Ian Sheridan (Cox), Michael Lane Walsh, Máire Scanlon, Redmond Lane Walsh, Diarmuid Walsh, Eolan Walsh

Valentia Coastguard radio activated the pagers at 17:06 and the crew assembled at the station.  The Austin Lidbury was launched to lend assistance to the 33ft. English registered yacht, Fizzgig, with 6 persons aboard, 2 1/2 miles east of Ballycotton.  A towline was established and the yacht, which was experiencing engine problems at the time, as towed to Ballycotton. 

 

09/07  01/08/07  Remoored: 21:15 Weather: NW  F3  Vis. good  Sea: calm  Crew: Ian Sheridan (Cox), Redmond Lane Walsh, Eolan Walsh, Niall Hassett, Aidan Sliney, Orla Lynch, Padraig Flynn

Whilst on exercise the RNLI lifeboat, Austin Lidbury, a crewmember noticed a person waving from a 15 foot pleasure craft, approx. 1/2 mile north of Ballycotton lighthouse.  The lifeboat went to investigate and was informed that the engine had broken down.  Two crewmembers were placed aboard the pleasure craft and two persons were transferred from the pleasure craft to the lifeboat.  A towline was established and the craft was towed to Ballycotton harbour, where it was safely secured alongside the breakwater.

 

08/07  09/07/07  Remoored: 20:05  Weather: NW 4 - 5  Vis. Moderate  Sea: Moderate  Crew: Eolan Walsh (Cox), Michael Lane Walsh, Andrew Rowley, Redmond Lane Walsh, Peter O'Shea, Niall Hassett, Orla Lynch, Aidan Sliney

A member of the public reported finding children's clothes on the shore at Guileen to the Gardaí.  Ballycotton and Crosshaven lifeboats, Ballycotton and Guileen coastguard units, Crosshaven coastguard rib, Rescue 117 and the LE Orla commenced a search of the area. After an hour and further enquiries by the Gardaí on the shore it was discovered the clothes had been left there a few days previously and the search was called off.  Ballycotton lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service again at 20:05. 

 

07/07  02/06/07  Remoored: 21:00 Weather: SE F. 5 - 6  Vis. Poor  Sea: Rough  Crew: Ian Sheridan (Cox), Peter O'Shea, Mike Hallahan, Eolan Walsh, Orla Lynch, Niall Hassett

Ballycotton lifeboat station were informed that a 56 ft. yacht, A Lady, was under tow by the Kinsale gas platform support ship, The Pearl, 52 miles SSE of Ballycotton, but the support ship could not leave the area.  It was agreed that the Ballycotton lifeboat would pick up the tow 30 miles off, at the platforms.  The Austin Lidbury slipped her moorings at 13:30 to rendezvous with The Pearl at 15:00.  On reaching the area the yacht informed the lifeboat that the steering had been fixed and it was agreed that the lifeboat would escort them to Cork Harbour, as they were still without navigational aids.  The yacht was escorted to the East Ferry, where it was safely secured.  The Austin Lidbury returned to station, refuelled and ready for service again at 21:00.

 

06/07  28/05/07  Remoored: 03:30 Weather: NNW F. 6  Vis. Good  Sea: Moderate  Crew: Ian Sheridan (Cox), Michael Lane Walsh, Maria Morrisson, Orla Lynch, Redmond Lane Walsh, Niall Hassett, Peter O'Shea, Padraig Flynn

At 23:57 on 27/05 the pagers in Ballycotton lifeboat station were activated.  The crew assembled at the station and the Austin Lidbury was launched to lend assistance to a yacht, Wishbone, in difficulties off Power Head, east of Cork Harbour.  The 31 foot yacht was on passage from Carlingford Lough to Crosshaven with a crew of three aboard when they experienced mechanical problems.  A lifeboat crewmember was placed onboard the Wishbone and a towline was established.  The yacht was towed to Crosshaven where it was safely secured at 02:45.  The Ballycotton lifeboat returned to station where it was remoored at 03:30. 

 

05/07  23/05/07  Remoored: 13:00  Weather: SW F3 Vis. Good Sea: Calm  Crew: Ian Sheridan (Cox), Michael Lane Walsh, Máire Scanlon, Redmond Lane Walsh

Valentia Coastguard received a call from a vessel on fire off Ringabella Bay, on the western shore at the entrance to Cork harbour.  Ballycotton lifeboat was alerted and the Austin Lidbury was launched to lend assistance.  Ten minutes later the lifeboat was advised that the fire had been put out and the vessel was under tow by Crosshaven lifeboat.  Ballycotton lifeboat was stood down and returned to station, remoored again at 13:00.

 

04/07  29/04/07  Remoored: 21:40  Weather:  E F3 Vis. Good  Sea:  Moderate Crew: Ian Sheridan (Cox), Michael Lane Walsh, Eolan Walsh, Máire Scanlon, Peter O'Shea, Redmond Lane Walsh, Orla Lynch, Andrew Rowley

Whilst out walking a crewmember sighted something suspicious in the water below the cliffs in Ballycotton and alerted the emergency services.  Ballycotton lifeboat and Ballycotton Coastguard unit were tasked to investigate.  The relief lifeboat, Windsor Runner, and the station boarding boat proceeded to the area to conduct a search off shore and the coastguard unit prepared to carry out a search of the cliffs and shore area.  Debris was found in the water, possibly from the shore or a passing boat.  Having satisfied themselves that there was nothing else in the area the lifeboat and coastguard were stood down. 

 

03/07  28/02/07  Remoored: 22:45  Weather NW F3  Vis. Good  Sea: Calm  Crew: Ian Sheridan (Cox), Michael Lane Walsh, Redmond Lane Walsh, Peter O'Shea, Eolan Walsh, Máire Scanlon

A member of the public alerted the emergency services that a person had gone into the sea off Ardnahinch, Ballycotton Bay.  The Ballycotton relief lifeboat, Windsor Runner, and the Ballycotton Coastguard Unit were both tasked to the area.  While the coastguard searched along the shore the lifeboat searched the sea.  The lifeboat boarding boat also proceeded to the area to search closer to shore.  A member of the coastguard unit heard calls for help from rocks and alerted the boarding boat to search in that area.  The missing person was found on the rocks suffering from hypothermia.  He was landed ashore at Ardnahinch where an ambulance was waiting to take him to hospital.  The Ballycotton lifeboat and boarding boat returned to station and were remoored and ready for service again at 22:45.

 

02/07  03/01/07  Remoored:  22:15  Weathetr: F 3 / 4 SSE  Vis: Good  Sea: Slight  Crew: Ian Sheridan (Cox), Michael Lane Walsh, Orla Lynch, Redmond Lane Walsh, Niall Hassett, Andew Rowley, Peter O'Shea, Eolan Walsh

Reports were received to the station of flares being seen off Ballycotton lighthouse.  Ballycotton relief lifeboat, Windsor Runner, was launched to investigate.  A search pattern of a two mile box was carried out but nothing found.  The lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service again at 22:15.

 

01/07  11/01/07  Remoored:  03:30 (12/01/07)  Weather:   F 5 / 6  Vis:      Sea: Moderate to Poor  Crew:  Brendan Pitt (Cox), Michael Lane Walsh, Eolan Walsh, Máire Scanlon, Peter O'Shea, Niall Hassett

The station was alerted that contact had been lost with the Honeydew II at approx. 00:00 and concern was growing for the safety of the fishing vessel and its crew.  At 18:30 the Ballycotton Lifeboat, Austin Lidbury, was launched.  The LE Emer and local fishing vessels from Dunmore East proceeded to the vessel's last known position, 7 miles east of Mine Head.  Ballycotton Lifeboat commenced a search 3 miles south east of Ballycotton lighthouse on an easterly course.  Waterford based coastguard helicopter, Rescue 117, became airborne and commenced a search of the area.  It spotted a flare 6 miles east of Mine Head at approx. 19:20 and discovered a life raft with 2 persons aboard.  They winched the two survivors up, who confirmed the fishing vessel had sank shortly after midnight.  The survivors confirmed the skipper and another crewmember were still missing and a search of the area commenced.  Dunmore East lifeboat arrived on scene and an air and sea search commenced, co-ordinated locally by the LE Emer.  Ballycotton Lifeboat returned to station at 03:30 on 12/01/07 for a well deserved rest.

12/01/07  Remoored: 21:30   Weather:  Fresh  Vis: Poor  Sea:  Rough  Crew:  Brendan Pitt (Cox), Michael Lane Walsh, Eolan Walsh, Padraig Finn, Trevor McNamara, Andrew Rowley

Ballycotton lifeboat. Austin Lidbury, launched at 09:00 to rejoin in the search for the missing fishermen from the Honeydew II.  After a few hours rest and a new crew they proceeded to the area off Mine Head where the search was being coordinated locally by the LE Emer.  The search was called off when the light went and the lifeboat returned to station, refuelled and ready for service again at 21:30.

13/01/07  Remoored:  18:00  Weather:  Fresh  Vis: Poor  Sea:  Rough  Crew:  Eolan Walsh (Cox), Redmond Lane Walsh, Maria Morrison, Mike Hallahan, Niall Hassett

Relief lifeboat, Windsor Runner, launched at 08:30 to continue the search for the missing fishermen off Mine Head.  Station lifeboat, Austin Lidbury, on passage to the boat yard, joined them for 2 hours to search the area before continuing its journey.  The search was unsuccessful and the relief lifeboat returned to station, refuelled and ready for service again at 18:00.