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#RNLI - The volunteer lifeboat crew of the Courtown lifeboat launched last Wednesday evening (24 July) to a report of a small fishing boat that was overdue on its time to return to Cahore Pier.

The Courtown RNLI lifeboat, Cahore Inshore Rescue, the Rosslare RNLI lifeboat and the Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 were all tasked at 7pm to search the area of Cahore on the north Wexford coast, where the boat was last reported fishing.

After searching for some time, the small fishing boat made contact to say they had beached their boat some eight miles north of Cahore Pier at Kilgorman Beach. Both men were safe and well and all rescue services were stood down.


The Courtown lifeboat has since urged all boat users carry a proper means of communication - ideally a VHF radio - and to keep friends and family up to date on their location, especially if they decide to change their location.

That same evening, Rosslare Harbour RNLI was involved in a search for two fishermen after they reported getting into difficulty off the Wexford coast.

The volunteer crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 7.30pm to assist in the search following a request from the coastguard to attend a fishing boat that was reported to be taking on water.



Weather conditions at the time were described as good, with a southerly force three wind.



The fishing boat had set out from Cahore Harbour before getting into trouble. The two crew raised the alarm using a mobile telephone.



Rosslare Harbour RNLI and lifeboats from Courtown RNLI and Cahore, along with the Rescue 117 helicopter, joined in the search.  



At 7.50pm, Rescue 117 located the two fishermen safe and well and their vessel on the beach at Glasgorman, near Cahore.



Speaking after the call-out, Rosslare Harbour RNLI deputy volunteer lifeboat press officer Jamie Ryan said: "The emergency services responded swiftly and were on scene quickly.

"The two fishermen did the right thing by raising the alarm when they got into difficulty and thankfully they were both found safely ashore."

Published in RNLI Lifeboats

#WaterSafety - Rosslare RNLI has given credit to the quick-thinking member of the public who raised the alarm over what they believed to be a swimmer in difficulty - even though the call-out turned out to be a false alarm.

Lifeboats from Rosslare Harbour and Wexford RNLI were involved in the sea search on Friday evening (19 July) after a swimmer was reported to be in difficulty off Curracloe beach in Co Wexford.

The Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 and two local fishing vessels were also involved in the search, which was stood down after an hour and 45 minutes upon coastguard request as no one was reported missing.

Speaking after the call-out, Rosslare RNLI deputy launching authority Dave Maloney said: "The member of the public who raised the alarm this evening deserves credit for doing so."

He added: "We would always encourage the public to alert the emergency services if they see anyone they believe to be in trouble or any signs of danger."

The message is particularly important in a fortnight that has seen a shocking 10 drownings around the island of Ireland - resulting in a big rise in emergency call-outs over the 2012 mid-summer period.

Elsewhere on the same day, the Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat was requested to help search the water off Ballinamona Strand in Ballycotton Bay, Co Cork, for a missing five-year-old girl.

The little girl was playing on the strand when her family lost sight of her.  Emergency services were alerted and a search of the area commenced, but thankfully a short while later the little girl was located safe and well.

In other water safety news, the Irish Coast Guard has issued a public appeal for help locating a training mannequin that was lost in Galway Bay during an exercise off Blackhead in North Clare last week.

The Connacht Tribune reports that five coastguard mannequins were placed in the water to acts as people who jumped overboard from a ship fire - but only four were recovered afterwards.

Published in Water Safety

#Surfing - Wexford now has its first ever dedicated surf school - thanks to two enterprising brothers.

The Wexford People reports on The Surf Shack in Curracloe, established by Chad and Jack-Tim Murray in an effort to put the Sunny South East on the Irish surfing map.

"Everybody knows that there are good waves on the West Coast," says Jack-Tim, referring to popular surf spots like Lahinch, Mullaghmore and Bundoran, "but most people don't even know that surfing exists on Ireland's east coast, let alone in Wexford."

The brothers aim to entice beginners to the sport, highlighting the smaller surf and safe swimming at Curracloe beach as the perfect environment for novices to ride the waves.

The Wexford People has more on the story HERE.

Published in Surfing

#RNLI - Courtmacsherry RNLI assisted two people after their yacht got into difficulty at the weekend.

The volunteer lifeboat crew was called out at 5.15pm on Saturday (13 July) to go to the aid of a yacht off Courtmacsherry Harbour in West Cork. 

The all-weather lifeboat with a crew of six was underway within minutes and proceeded to the area where the casualty had developed mechanical failure. The lifeboat arrived on the scene in 10 minutes and proceeded to take the yacht with two people on board in tow. 

Both the lifeboat and the stricken vessel were subsequently berthed at the pier in Courtmacsherry village.

This has been a busy week so far for Courtmacsherry RNLI with today's call-out being the fourth in five days.

The others were on Tuesday 9 July to an overdue jet ski in Clonakilty Bay, Thursday 11 July to the aid a windsurfer off Garrettstown, and Friday 12 July to a reported dingy off the Old Head of Kinsale which turned out to be a dead and upturned whale in the sea.

Elsewhere, Saturday was a busy evening for the Courtown lifeboat in Co Wexford.

  1. lifeboat was launched to a report of two vessels aground in a cove south of Courtown Harbour, quickly locating the vessels – a 15ft speedboat and a personal water craft (PWC) – just south of the harbour in the area known as Salt Rock.

There were two people with the vessels and the speedboat was grounded but swamped.

The lifeboat took both casualties, who were very cold, back to the harbour and then returned first to recover, bail out and tow the speedboat back, and then out to tow the PWC back into the harbour.


The lifeboat then returned to station and refuelled, ready for the Sea Sunday celebrations the following day.

Published in RNLI Lifeboats

#laser – Ryan Glynn in the Radials with straight firsts was the stand-out performance at last weekend's Laser Leinster Championships in Wexford Harbour Boat Club.

Conditions were 5-15 knots and shifty on Saturday then blowing stink Sunday, all in a fantastic warm, but unstable westerly breeze that reduced racing on Sunday to just one race.

Chris Penney and Mattie O'Dowd had a titanic struggle at the top of the Standard fleet and in the 4.7s, Conor O'Beirne of the Royal St. George YC came through in the last race with a nice confidence boost before he heads off this week to Hungary for the 4.7 European championships.

Results below from Wexford Harbour Boat Club

Laser Leinster Championship Std 2013

Entries: 17      Races Sailed: 4      Discard: 1

Series Place Sail No Type of Boat Class Helm Club Series Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4
1 201566 S   Chris Penney East Antrim BC 5 3 1 1 3
2 181999 S   Mathew o'Dowd Royal St. George YC 5 1 2 2 2
3 185104 S   Conor Simms Royal Ulster YC 10 2 3 8 5
4 198554 S   Conor Byrne Royal St. George YC 11 6 4 3 4
5 193562 S   Oisin McClelland Ballyholme YC 19 10 8 11 1
6 197364 S   Sean Murphy Kinsale YC 19 8 7 4 10
7 178335 S M Sean Craig Royal St. George YC 20 4 5 12 11
8 201365 S M Stephen Penney East Antrim BC 20 9 12 5 6
9 155068 S M Ross o'Leary Royal St. George YC 21 5 6 10 14
10 191670 S M Colin Galavan Royal Irish YC 24 12 11 6 7
11 185043 S   Peter Cameron East Antrim BC 25 11 10 7 8
12 198560 S   Henry McLaughlin Carlingford Lough YC 25 7 9 9 9
13 181674 S M Troy Hopkins Howth YC 39 13 13 15 13
14 173164 S M Timmy Washington Wexford Harb. B&TC 40 15 14 14 12
15 178689 S M Tommy Fallon Wexford Harb. B&TC 43 14 16 13 18
16 180237 S M Paul Ebrill Wexford Harb. B&TC 47 16 15 16 18
17 137120 S   Don Ryan Wexford Harb. B&TC 54 18 18 18 18

Laser Leinster Championship Radial 2013

Entries: 32      Races Sailed: 4      Discard: 1

Series Place Sail No Type of Boat Class Helm Club Tally Series Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4
1 198552 R Y Ryan Glynn Ballyholme YC 64 3 1 1 1 1
2 190758 R Y Dougie Power Waterford Harb. SC 19 13 2 2 13 9
3 183948 R Y Ross O'Sullivan Kinsale YC 76 13 14 7 4 2
4 203715 R Y Tim Brow Ballyholme YC 72 13 6 4 7 3
5 181428 R Y Ronan Jones Wexford Harb. B&TC 74 17 9 6 2 33
6 200637 R Y Ruairi Finnegan Waterford Harb. SC 85 17 8 3 33 6
7 191247 R Y Andrew Penney East Antrim BC 45 19 5 5 9 14
8 198780 R Y Tadhg o'Loingsigh Tralee Bay SC 87 21 10 8 3 33
9 201603 R Y Conor o'Farrell Carlingford Lough YC 63 21 12 9 8 4
10 190755 R   John Flynn Dungarvan Harb. SC 12 27 3 12 12 12
11 199054 R Y Gary Fekkes East Antrim BC 93 27 7 14 10 10
12 187591 R Y Kevin Harrington Courtown SC 99 28 18 17 6 5
13 197362 R YL Erica Ruigrok Rush SC 75 29 4 10 15 18
14 198556 R Y Mark Bolger Royal St. George YC 53 31 11 15 5 15
15 190759 R Y Conor Murphy Kinsale YC 6 31 15 13 11 7
16 196533 R Y Sam Wilkinson Ballyholme YC 91 32 13 11 17 8
17 175356 R Y Patrick Cahill Royal St. George YC 55 43 16 22 16 11
18 190774 R YL Aoife Hopkins Howth YC 54 46 21 19 14 13
19 192602 R YL Suzanne Flannigan Ballyholme YC 78 52 33 18 18 16
20 192333 R Y Daire Cournane Kinsale YC 8 55 25 16 20 19
21 201828 R Y Luke Murphy Royal St. George YC 2 59 17 23 19 33
22 178328 R Y Thomas McGrath Royal Cork YC 100 62 19 21 22 33
23 200745 R Y Scott O'Sulivan Kinsale YC 52 65 24 20 33 21
24 191319 R YL Sorcha Donnelly Ballyholme YC 47 65 22 24 23 20
25 201678 R L Jessica Rutherford Hollywood YC 90 67 20 26 21 33
26 197894 R Y Nathaniel Gillett Royal St. George YC 98 69 33 28 24 17
27 198526 R Y Charlie Edgar Donaghadee SC 79 73 23 25 25 33
28 143122 R Y Dermot Wildes Courtown SC 69 86 26 27 33 33
29 186795 R Y Gregory Fay Dungarvan Harb. SC 43 86 28 31 27 33
30 167852 R Y Conor Clery Greystones SC 71 86 27 30 29 33
31 196018 R Y Colm Moloney Courtown SC 66 87 29 32 26 33
32 96255 R Y Aaron Jones Greystones SC 73 87 30 29 28 33

 

Laser Leinster Championship 4.7 2013

Entries: 16      Races Sailed: 4      Discard: 1

Series Place Sail No Type of Boat Class Helm Club Tally Series Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4
1 183231 4 Y Conor O'Beirne Royal St George YC 4 5 3 1 4 1
2 198435 4 YL Cliodhna o'Regan Kinsale YC 86 6 2 2 2 4
3 180938 4 Y Richard Thompson Royal Cork YC 70 7 10 4 1 2
4 179328 4 Y J.D. Elmes Royal Cork YC 14 12 4 5 3 7
5 203716 4 Y Ciaran Finnegan Waterford Harb. SC 88 14 1 10 12 3
6 201557 4 YL Jocelyn Hill County Antrim YC 84 17 6 3 9 8
7 190754 4 Y Conor Sherriff Courtown SC 94 17 5 7 5 17
8 19736 4 Y Richard Hogan Howth YC 38 19 7 9 6 6
9 189372 4 Y Billy Duane Royal Cork YC 59 22 9 6 7 10
10 172360 4 YL Eva Donworth Royal Cork YC 77 27 11 11 11 5
11 172172 4 L Rebekah Rutherford Hollywood YC 92 31 13 8 10 17
12 198783 4 YL Caoimhe Cotter Wexford Harb. B&TC 57 31 14 12 8 11
13 163142 4 Y Luke McGrath Royal Cork YC 61 34 8 13 13 17
14 188461 4 YL Blathnaid o'Connell Royal St George YC 62 38 12 14 14 12
15 177879 4 Y Robert Wynne Dungarvan Harb. SC 83 43 17 17 17 9
16 190672 4 YL Kate MacAdorey Carlingford Lough YC 89 45 15 15 15 17
Published in Laser

#RNLI - The volunteer lifeboat crew at Kilmore Quay RNLI in Co Wexford had a busy time last week with five call-outs in seven days.

In the first incident on Monday 13 May, a French 6.5m yacht with two people on board got into difficulty as it was taking part in a 'mini Fastnet' yacht race.

The vessel’s crew decided to make for Kilmore Quay due to adverse weather. The yacht had no engine due to race rules and so the lifeboat was reqested to help the crew safely get into the harbour.

The second call-out came last Wednesday evening (15 May) when a member of the public reported to Dublin Coast Guard that a yacht was close in shore and flashing a light.

As the lifeboat crew were letting go the ropes, the coastguard made contact with the vessel, which was at anchor and did not require any assistance.

On Friday afternoon 17 May, the volunteer crew was alerted when an 8m pleasure craft with two people on board had fouled its propeller a quarter mile off the South Head of the Great Saltee Island.

The vessel was freed by the lifeboat crew using a grapnel hook and cutting the rope before towing the boat back to Kilmore Quay Marina.

And last Sunday 19 May saw two shouts which were similar in nature.

The first in the morning involved a small leisure craft with four people on board which suffered engine failure. The crew was relying on a mobile phone for their communications and combined with poor English, it made the task of finding them more challenging.

The crew members were eventually located to the west of the Saltees and were brought back ashore safe and well.

Later the same day, another small leisure craft - this time with three people aboard and again relying on a mobile phone for their communications - had lost power while fishing at the south side of the Little Saltee Island.

The lifeboat was on scene a short time later and towed the vessel back to Kilmore Quay.

Published in RNLI Lifeboats

#MaritimeFestivals - Stormy Stan sailed into Arklow aboard tall ship Ruth recently as part of the build up to Arklow RNLI’s Gathering of the Fleet Maritime Festival.

This August Bank Holiday weekend, Arklow RNLI and Arklow Harbour will play host to vessels of all shapes and sizes from tall ships such as Ruth to Naval Service vessels, vintage and prototype RNLI lifeboats, emergency service vessels and visiting boats from all around the UK, Ireland and further afield for the fundraising festival, which is now over 50 years old and continues to go from strength to strength.

Boat trips, kayaking and windsurfing opportunities will be up for grabs, as well as the special attraction of the Thundercat Experience, where visitors can head out on the water aboard a Thundercat racing boat.

There will be aerial attractions too, with a flying visit by the Garda Air Support Unit and the regular Air Sea Rescue Display with the Irish Coast Guard's Rescue 117 helicopter.

And that's not to mention the activities or landlubbers such as the carnival, food and craft stalls, live music, model boats, emergency service demonstrations and vintage vehicles.

Arklow RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer Mark Corcoran said: "This weekend really is a must for maritime enthusiasts and all the family. Almost all of the events are free. This is our opportunity to put something back in our town.

"Without our communities continued support we couldn’t continue, so make sure to come down to Arklow this August Bank Holiday weekend for the Gathering of the Fleet-Arklow Maritime Festival."

He added: "There really is something for everybody, so put it in the calendar."

Full details of the festival will be available on the festival's Facebook page, where anyone with a vessel who wants to take part in the festival can make contact. There is also an opportunity for any novice or experienced sailors to arrive at the festival aboard a tall ship – e-mail [email protected] for further details.

Published in Maritime Festivals

Arthurstown Pier is at Waterford Harbour’s eastern shore, seven miles north of Hook Head lighthouse. It  is directly east of Passage East. The small quay has a stone bottom. In 2010, following the provision of €56,250 to improve boat access on piers along the Hook Peninsula such as Ballyhack, Slade and Arthurstown Wexford County Council installed a small pontoon facility to encourage leisure boating in the area. As well as local boaters the faciility is also proving popular with local fishermen.

Published in Irish Marinas

Duncannon Pier Pontoon is at Waterford Harbour’s eastern shore, six miles north of Hook Head lighthouse.  It is  a small fishing port where you may come alongside the commercial wall.  In 2010, following the provision of €56,250 to improve boat access on piers along the Hook Peninsula such as Ballyhack, Slade and Arthurstown Wexford County Council installed a small pontoon facility to encourage leisure boating in the area. As well as local boaters the faciility is also proving popular with local fishermen.

Published in Irish Marinas

#RNLI - Two men who embarked on the first RNLI Station to Station challenge between Bundoran and Arranmore last Saturday (6 April) completed the job in just under 12 hours - raising over €2,000 for both lifeboat stations in the process.

As per their plan reported previously on Afloat.ie, Niall Clancy and James McIntyre both set off from Bundoran Lifeboat Station just after 6am on Saturday morning – Clancy running and McIntyre cycling.

Clancy's route took him through Bundoran, Ballyshannon, Donegal town, Mountcharles, Frosses, Glenties, Gweebarra Bridge, Lettermacaward, Dungloe, Burtonport and finally Arranmore Island via a treadmill on the ferry!

He was joined on various legs of the journey by members of the Tir Chonaill Athletic Club who kept his spirits up on the 100km journey from station to station.

Meanwhile, McIntyre and his team from Mullaghmore Triathlon Club and Donegal Bay Cycling Club took off at the same time cycling as far as Lough Eske, where James then made the lonesome journey himself across the Bluestack Mountains, constantly keeping organisers informed of his progress via text message.

Down into Glenties and from there by bike to Portnoo where, with Bundoran RNLI crewman Killian O’Kelly, he kayaked the remaining 22km to Arranmore Island, where both he and Clancy were greeted by the lifeboat crew and the Arranmore Pipe Band.

Speaking on completion of the challenge at Arranmore RNLI Lifeboat Station, Clancy said: "It’s been a long but great day. The weather conditions couldn’t have been any better for both myself and James – though it was very cold this morning leaving Bundoran!

"I’m looking forward to a few weeks off training before I get back into it for the Athlone Half Ironman in August."

McIntyre added: "We’d both like to express our gratitude to everyone who supported us ahead of the challenge and today – particularly those who sponsored us and those who ran and cycled with us today, our support teams, our chefs, the RNLI crews and sponsors Ormston’s Mace Ballyshannon and All Sports Donegal Town."

Shane Smith, volunteer lifeboat press officer for Bundoran RNLI, said: "We are thrilled at the success of the challenge and delighted that over €2,000 has been raised for both stations.

"We are indebted to James and Niall for their selfless support of our charity and would like to thank them sincerely on behalf of both crews."

Elsewhere, a Wexford family who organised a sponsored swim in memory of a loved one and former volunteer have raised a whopping €5,000 for Kilmore Quay RNLI.

The Hayes family presented the cheque to the RNLI at Kilmore Quay lifeboat station recently, funded by a sponsored swim on St Stephen’s Day organised by the family in memory of the late Paddy Hayes, who was a volunteer with the lifeboat.

Published in RNLI Lifeboats
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