The Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat was called out at 11.25 am on Sunday to go to the immediate aid of a 14 foot Pleasure boat off Harbour View in Courtmacsherry Bay. The alert was raised from the shore as the boat was seen to have got into difficulties and was being blown by strong winds towards the coast line.
The Courtmacsherry Lifeboat under Coxswain Ken Cashman and a crew of eight launched both the Trent Class Lifeboat and the station’s inshore boat and reached the stricken causality within 15 minutes. The pleasure boat, with four persons on board had encountered engine problems and the prevailing winds was putting it in immediate danger.
On scene, the Lifeboat assessed the difficulties with the causality and secured a tow line to the stricken vessel and then proceeded to tow the boat away from the shoreline and subsequently brought it back to the safe haven of the Courtmacsherry inner harbour.
All 4 crew of the Pleasure boat have now docked at the Courtmacsherry Pontoon and the Lifeboat has now refuelled and restocked in readiness of whenever the next Callout may occur.
Conditions at sea today were blustery with Winds in the area blowing force 5/6.
The Crew on board today’s callout were Coxswain Ken Cashman with the All Weather Trent Boat crew of Chris Guy, Dara Gannon, Ciaran Hurley, Denis Murphy and Evin O Sullivan. The stations inshore boat was Helmed by Kevin Young and Mark John Gannon.
Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat Station LPO Vincent O Donovan commented, ” We are pleased that our Lifeboat was again very fast away today with eight volunteers quickly responding within two minutes and that the rescue was carried out efficiently and very quickly”
He also appealed to all that are using the water over these busy holiday weeks to ” take great care of the safety measures associated with your pleasure craft and that Life Jackets are always worn by all persons on board your boat”.
There was a Second Callout at 3pm in the afternoon when a 28 ft yacht with three persons on board developed mechanical failure in Courtmacsherry Bay and required assistance. The Yacht was blown on to the nearby sandbank and the Lifeboat has taken off the three crew and the yacht will be monitored until an attempt will be made at high water later tonight to refloat it and tow it to safety. Again for the second time today Coxswain Ken Cashman utilised a crew of seven to carry out the rescue.