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Sun 10th September 2017. Yacht adrift.
All Weather Lifeboat was called at 2.30 pm to go to the aid of a 40 foot yacht that had broken its mooring and was drifting ashore in Courtmacsherry Harbour. The Courtmacsherry Lifeboat under Coxswain Micheal O Donovan plus a crew of eleven volunteers launched both the All Weather Trent class Lifeboat and the inshore D Class Boat and immediately proceeded to go to the distress area as the yacht was entangled in another boat. Skillful manuvering of both Lifeboats over the next few minutes, allowed a tow line to be secured from the Lifeboat and the stricken yacht was pulled away from the shoreline and other boats moored in the vicinity. The operation was made more difficult by the strong northerly winds and the fact that the tide was at a low ebb, which restricted options for the ALB lifeboat. Having towed the yacht was clear of the danger of the shoreline and other boats, it needed both the ALB and the D class lifeboats to get the yacht into position where a proper mooring for the craft could be established. Once the boat was safely secured, both Lifeboats returned to Courtmacsherry Lifeboat Station to refuel and ready itself for whenever the next callout may happen.
Wed 9th August 2017. Early morning Callout.
The RNLI lifeboat Fredrick Storey Cockburn was called out at 3.21 am this morning to go to the aid of a 40 foot Yacht that sought assistance 13 miles SE of the Galley Head. The causality with 10 persons on board was participating in the Fastnet Race and had become disabled with a broken mast.
The Lifeboat under Coxswain Sean O Farrell plus a crew of seven volunteers launched immediately and in the pitch of darkness located the stricken yacht at 4.45am. Once on the scene, the Lifeboat successfully secured a towline to the yacht to stabilise the boat before beginning the tow to Courtmacsherry.
All 10 crew of the racing yacht are reported to be good condition after their early morning trauma. The Lifeboat towed the yacht as far as the entrance to the harbour where the crew of the yacht decided to try to motor to Crosshaven where repairs could be carried out rather than proceed to the inner harbour. The Lifeboat returned to Courtmacsherry Harbour pontoon at 8.30 am
Conditions at sea early this morning were fair with winds from the North West blowing force 3/4.
The Crew on board this mornings callout are Coxswain Sean O Farrell, Mechanic Chris Guy and crew Ken Cashman, Ciaran Hurley, Dara Gannon, Denis Murphy, Kieran Boyle and Evin O Sullivan.
The racing yacht was participating in the Fastnet Race one of the worlds most famous races which goes from Cowes in the Isle of Wight, around the Fastnet Rock and back to Plymouth. The yacht was one of a whole fleet of yachts that approached the turn at the Fastnet Rock during the night.
Tues. 1st August 2017. Seven Heads
The RNLI All Weather Lifeboat was called out at 4.20pm this afternoon Tuesday to go to the aid of a 40 ft foot pleasure fishing boat with 6 people on board which sought assistance 15 miles off the Seven Heads coastline in West Cork. The causality had developed mechanical failure while fishing in the area and needed immediate assistance.
The Courtmacsherry Lifeboat under Coxswain Kevin Young and a crew of six launched in minutes and reached the stricken boat just after 5pm. On scene, (near the site where the Lusitania sank in 1915) the Lifeboat secured a tow line to the vessel and then proceeded to tow it back to the safe haven of the Courtmacsherry inner harbour. All on board the casualty safely disembarked at the pontoon in Courtmacsherry on arrival. The Lifeboat refueled & back on its mooring in the harbour at 8pm.
Conditions at sea today were reasonable with Winds in the area blowing force 3/4.
The Crew on board today's callout were Coxswain Kevin Young, Mechanic Chris Guy and crew Ken Cashman, Ciaran Hurley, Geroid O Donovan, Mark John Gannon and Evin O Sullivan.
It has been a very busy 48 hours for the voluntary crew of the Courtmacsherry Lifeboat Station with three call outs to boats in distress and all rescues carried out successfully.
Sun. 30th July 2017.
The Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat was called out at 11.25 am this morning 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 Stations 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".