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#MISSING DIVER - Teams were still searching yesterday at a wreck site off Cape Clear for a diver missing since Tuesday, according to The Irish Times.

A Defence Forces spokesperson told the paper that a sonar device would be employed to scan the seabed for any sign of 54-year-old Reinhardt Teschke, who failed to resurface from a 90m dive on the wreck of British merchant vessel the Minnehaha.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Baltimore RNLI launched both its inshore and all-weather lifeboats to the scene south of Balitmore Harbour in West Cork on Tuesday evening to search for the German diver, one of a party of three at the wreck site.

Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 and the Naval Service vessel LE Ciara were also involved in the surface search, which was set to be wound down yesterday.

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#rnli – Joss succeeds Laura Roche as Press Officer at Howth Lifeboat station. Laura was a valued member of the team who volunteered as the busy lifeboat station's press officer for a number of years covering all types of rescues and fundraising events. She has now passed on the mantle to Joss. He has worked as a journalist and in Public Relations, and currently runs his own media consultancy business.

Joss explained his motivation for joining Howth RNLI, 'I come from a sailing background and the RNLI have been a huge part of the community in my hometown of Dunmore East. I have known people who were lost at sea and the RNLI is something I've wanted to be part of since I was a child growing up seeing the lifeboat moored in the middle of harbour every day'.

Joss has been a member of the lifeboat crew for over a year, and as such he is at the forefront of the action, 'When the beeper goes off my heart starts racing, the priority is to get to the lifeboat station, suit up and go. There's a great sense of fulfilment when you participate in a rescue, the casualty is always grateful to be brought home safely. You need to be fearless, dependable and outgoing to be a crewmember; I'd recommend it to anyone with the required skills and suitable mindset. The main sacrifice I make is giving up my spare time'.

When asked about his new role Joss responded, 'I am looking forward to the role, being a crew member you get all the relevant information first hand which makes it easier to portray each call out to the press. I have a passion for boats and the sea and there's nothing better than writing about something you love. Laura's work was flawless, she always knew the right questions to ask the crew post call out, and was to the highest standard so I'm going to have big shoes to fill'.

The Open Day at Howth Lifeboat Station is on Sunday 9 September between 2 and 5pm.

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#rnli – Baltimore Lifeboat have resumed a search for a missing diver this morning at a wreck site south of Baltimore Harbour in West Cork.

Both the inshore lifeboat and all weather lifeboat were launched yesterday evening in response to a request from the coastguard to assist in locating a diver reported missing earlier in the afternoon.

The diver had been one of a party of three diving at a wreck site 12 miles south of Baltimore Harbour. The divers are reported by the RNLI to be of German and the dive site  the wreck of the Minnehaha.

Weather conditions were excellent with a 1.5 metre swell and force 3-4 winds. The Navy vessel LE Ciara, Coastguard Helicopter 115 and the Holly Joe were all involved in the search.

As darkness approached last night the inshore lifeboat (ILB) was stood down and returned to Baltimore at 21.10 approx. Onboard the B-class ILB Bessie, were Helm Youen Jacob, Shane MacSweeney and Ger O'Brien. On board the Tamar class ALB Alan Massey, were Coxswain Kieran Cotter, Cathal Cottrell (mechanic), John Rochford, Brian MacSweeney, Jerry Smith and Aidan Bushe.

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#rnli – Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch by Valentia Coast Guard tonight to assist two persons on board a 35ft cruiser that had suffered steering failure in deteriorating weather conditions.

The cruiser was en route from Dromineer to Mountshannon when it developed steering problems.  The skipper attempted to return to Dromineer but on entering Dromineer Bay the steering failed completely and he requested assistance.  The weather was deteriorating with a SW wind F3-4 with frequent sqalls and rain showers.  The lifeboat, with Helm Eleanor Hooker, Tom Dunne and Ben Ronayne on board, was launched at 17.45hrs.  Once alongside, a crew member was transferred onto the casualty vessel to set up a tow.  Both persons aboard the vessel were safe and unharmed and wearing lifejackets.  The boat was towed to the safety of Dromineer Harbour, where RNLI shore crew helped to tie the vessel securely for the night.

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#lifeboat – Crosshaven RNLI lifeboat were called upon to assist two vessels within two days.

The first call came on Wednesday afternoon (22 Aug) after a 16' motor boat suffered mechanical failure behind Haulbowline Island. The boat owner had deployed his anchor while awaiting help to arrive. On arrival, the newest recruit to the lifeboat crew, Ian O'Keefe, managed to get the engine started before the lifeboat escorted the vessel to Monkstown Marina.

Last night, Valentia Coast Guard tasked the lifeboat to a 36' yacht, South of Roches Point. The yacht was on passage from the UK, and had suffered both rigging and mechanical failure during the night. The yacht had been drifting for several hours before being able to request assistance. The crew of four were exhausted with one person disabled due to seasickness.

One of the volunteer crew boarded the yacht and checked on the condition of the crew, before setting up a tow with the lifeboat. The casualty vessel was then taken in tow to Crosshaven Boatyard. The Volunteer crew on this service were Mark Bushe (helm) with Bernard Lynch and Vincent Fleming.

Vessels from the Naval service and the Port of Cork also responded to the scene.

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#LIFEBOAT - The Galway Advertiser reports that the Galway RNLI lifeboat came to the rescue of a mother and child from a small dinghy near Kinvara in the south-eastern corner of Galway Bay yesterday.

High winds and an offshore breeze caused the dingy to drift onto Mulrooney Island between Kinvara and Parkmore Pier, stranding the Dublin woman and her four-year-old son, who are holidaying in the area.

The lifeboat crew were dispatched to the scene by the Irish Coast Guard after being notified by a canoeist in the area who assisted the family. Both were wearing lifejackets at the time of the incident, and were taken back to shore unharmed.

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#lifeboat – Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat was this afternoon (Monday 20th August 2012) tasked by Malin Head Coast Guard to an adult female who became trapped on rocks whilst walking near Mullaghmore in County Sligo.

The holiday maker was walking along the coastline when she realised that the tide was coming back in and the amount of seaweed along the route made it impossible to turn back. Luckily she had her mobile phone with her and called the coast guard via the 112 emergency number.

The voluntary Bundoran Lifeboat crew launched within 6 minutes of the initial page at 14.54 and were on the scene 12 minutes later where they assisted the female on to the lifeboat William Henry Liddington. Luckily she was uninjured but was checked out by one of the EMT-trained crew and then transported back to the lifeboat station. The Rescue 118 helicopter was also tasked but stood down in an operation coordinated by Malin Head Coast Guard.

Helm of the lifeboat on the day was Daimon Fergus who said 'while we knew there was no immediate danger there was an urgency to get the person off the rocks and to safety before the tide came in much further and blocked her path completely. We would always advise members of the public who are on the water or walking on the coastline to at the very least carry a mobile phone so the alert may be raised in the event of an emergency'.

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#LIFEBOATS - The crew of the Sligo Bay RNLI lifeboat rescued two people from a 31ft Norwegian flagged yacht at the weekend.

The volunteer lifeboat crew was tasked by Malin Head coastguard shortly after 3.30pm on Saturday 18 August following a report that the vessel had got into difficulty.

Crew on board the inshore lifeboat Elsinore proceeded to the scene eight miles off Ballyconnell in Co Sligo. Weather conditions were good at the time with strong tides.

A man and a woman onboard the yacht had been on passage from the Labrador Coast in Canada on the final stretch of a voyage from their home in Oslo via the Caribbean and the east coast of America when they got into difficulty across the Atlantic.

Both of the yacht’s main sails were shredded in a gale and it subsequently suffered engine failure.

Arriving on scene, the lifeboat crew established a tow and took the vessel into Sligo Harbour, arriving after three hours. When the yacht was safely secured, the couple were brought into the Sligo Bay station where they were made comfortable.

Sligo Bay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Willie Murphy said: "The couple were tired after being at sea for 21 days but were in good spirits. They were extremely grateful to the crew for their service and to all at the station for their assistance after."

This is the second time this summer that Sligo RNLI has had connections with Norwegian sailors. 

In June, a 30-strong Norwegian shanty choir attended Rosses Points RNLI Shanty Festival to sing a song they had specially composed to commemorate the saving of a Norwegian crew off a shipwrecked sailing barque in the late 1800s on Coney Island in Sligo Bay.

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#rnli – There was a tragic end to an afternoon sail for a father and son in an Enterprise sailing dinghy in West Cork yesterday. As reported earlier on Afloat.ie the Castletownbere lifeboat was launched shortly after 9.30pm on Monday night to search for a man who was reported by his son to be clinging to an upturned boat. The son had managed to make his way ashore after spending four hours clinging to the boat with his father.

Castletownbere RNLI was involved in the subsequent search and recovery for the man in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday). A search at sea and along the shore continued all last evening in good weather conditions and at about ten past one in the morning, the casualty was spotted by a helicopter in a place known locally as Cod's Head. He was recovered by the Derrynane inshore boat to the Castletownbere lifeboat and brought to Castletownbere.

Sadly the man did not survive his ordeal and Lifeboat spokesman Paul Stevensl extended his sympathy on behalf of Castletownbere RNLI to the family of the deceased who has been named locally as John O'Leary from Allihies.

Early yesterday evening it is understood that the father and his teenage son went sailing in a small dingy off Allihies in West Cork and shortly after that the boat capsized. Both hung on to the upturned craft for approximately four hours where upon the teenage son made his way ashore and raised the alarm.

Stevens said the whole Beara Pennisula would be shocked by the loss: 'The Beara Pennisula is waking up this morning with a huge sense of shock. It's no stranger to this sort of tragedy sadly. However, every time an incident like this occurs, of course it has great impact on many people in what is really a very small tight knit community. Moreover, this week is festival week in the village of Allihes where John was from, so this sad tragedy will in the midst of the people of Allihes have changed the mood locally to one of great sadness and great sense of loss'.

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#rnli – Last night Skerries RNLI were requested to launch by the Coast Guard following report of a sighting of an upturned boat in the water off Gormanstown, County Meath.

A number of the Skerries RNLI Volunteer crew were undergoing assessment by the RNLI Divisional Trainer/Assessor Helena Duggan in the lifeboat station at the time. The lifeboat was launched at approximately 7pm and proceeded to the co-ordinates given by the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard also launched the Search and Rescue Helicopter which started an airborne search off the coast from Skerries to north of Balbriggan. Shortly after, the Trent Lifeboat from Howth RNLI, out on exercise at the time, proceeded to Skerries and joined in the search. The Skerries inshore Lifeboat, along with the Trent Lifeboat from Howth, commenced a thorough grid search at sea with the Helicopter searching from the air.

At 8pm no craft could be found in the water and the Coast Guard called off the search. Howth RNLI Lifeboat returned to station and Skerries RNLI volunteer crew recommenced their examinations and assessments.

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