Courtmac Lifeboat rescues six from stricken pleasure boat

Crew members of the Courtmac Lifeboat.

THE Courtmacsherry RNLI all weather lifeboat was called out at 12.16pm on Sunday afternoon to go to the aid of a 17 ft pleasure boat that got into difficulties off Coolmain, east of the Old Head of Kinsale in West Cork.
The Courtmacsherry Lifeboat under Coxswain Sean O’Farrell and a crew of six launched immediately and reached the stricken causality within 15 minutes. The pleasure boat, with six persons on board had encountered engine difficulties and was blown onshore at the coastline called Nuns Cove.

On scene, the Lifeboat assessed the difficulties with the causality and two lifeboat crew members Ciaran Hurley and Dean Hennessey used the Trent Lifeboat’s X Boat to access the shoreline and secure a tow line to the stricken vessel.
The Lifeboat then proceeded to tow the boat away from the shoreline and subsequently brought them back to the safe haven of Courtmacsherry Harbour.

All six crew of the pleasure boat were brought to the Courtmacsherry Pontoon. Conditions were blustery with winds in the area blowing force 4/5 but rising from early afternoon.

The Crew on board were Coxswain Sean O’Farrell and crew members Stuart Russell, Denis Murphy, Mark John Gannon, Dean Hennessy and the father and son combination of Micheal and Ciaran Hurley.

Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat Station LPO Brian O Dwyer commented, “We are pleased that our Lifeboat was again fast away today with our ever ready volunteers always available and that the rescue was carried out with great skill and precision on a dangerous coastline in today’s winds.”