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#RNLI –  A surprise return visit to the Aran Islands was made recently by former Galway Bay RNLI lifeboat Frank Spiller Locke.  This restored Barnett class lifeboat was stationed at the Aran Islands from 1977 to 1985.  She was previously stationed at Weymouth on the south coast of England.  During her years of lifeboat service she was launched 396 times and saved 181 lives.

The lifeboat was funded through a legacy from Dr. Frank Spiller Locke.  RNLI records show that his widow Mrs E. F. Locke took a strong interest in the work of the lifeboat and her volunteer crew and asked for the returns of service for every callout to be sent to her until her death.

The vessel was built in Cowes during 1958 at a cost of £38,500. It was a Barnett class lifeboat, which was introduced into the RNLI in 1950. Twenty of these 52 ft lifeboats were built by the charity. The institution retired and sold this lifeboat in 1986 and she was rescued sometime later by Colin and Janet Sturmer who are from the Isles of Scilly. They dedicated ten years to restoring this boat to its original form.


Pictured on the deck of the former Galway Bay lifeboat in yellow jackets are members of the current Aran Islands RNLI crew who also served on the Frank Spiller Locke lifeboat (L-R) Mairtin Fitz, Micheal O Goill, Johnny Mulkerrin, Enda Mullen.

"It was a lovely surprise to see this lifeboat in the Bay where she used to anchor in the 1980s" said Micheal Heron Aran Islands RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager.

The two lifeboats, retired and current were moored side by side so that past and present crew could look over it. Four of the current lifeboat crew who served on the Frank Spiller Locke, Mairtin Fitzpatrick, Michéal Ó Goill, Johnny Mulkerrin and Enda Mullen, were joined by retired crewmembers Paddy Mullen, Bartley Mullen (Coxswain/Mechanic), Jackie Gill and Tomas Kelly. Many local people also came for a look and remembered stories of times that they or their families needed this lifeboat

Commenting on the visit, serving crewmember Micheal Gill added "there are a lot of differences in the speed and technology of these older boats. She served the west coast well at a time when there were only three lifeboats from Donegal to South Kerry and no helicopters.

This boat is a valuable piece of our maritime heritage, which has been lovingly restored bye Colin and Janet. Hopefully it will visit the west coast again in the future."

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#rnli – A family outing to Cape Clear Island became a distress call this evening. The Merry Fisher 6.5 metre motorboat experienced difficulties with her fuel line when en route from Cape Clear Island to White Hall. Taking precautionary action the skipper dropped an anchor and called for assistance. At 18:40 RNLI Helm Micheál Cottrell onboard the Atlantic 75  inshore lifeboat Bessie with crew Diarmuid Collins and Gerald O'Brien made their way to the Western tip of Sherkin Island, where the vessel had dropped anchor near Drolaun Rock. There were five people, two adults and three children, on board the boat at the time. The lifeboat took the vessel in tow returning four of the family of five to Cunnamore Pier and then bringing the boat and skipper back to her moorings at White Hall. The inshore lifeboat returned to Baltimore Harbour at 19:45.

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#rnli – Volunteer lifeboat crews received a urgent request from Belfast Coastguard on Thursday to launch Bangor and Donaghadee lifeboats and give vital medical assistance to a women who had fallen on the Copeland Island.

Within minutes of the rescue pagers being activated, crews had launched both Lifeboats and were proceeding at full speed towards the big Copeland Island which lies to the north of Donaghadee.

Upon arrival volunteer crew found a woman in her 30's with a serious head injury.

RNLI crewman Dr Iain Dobbie along with fellow crew quickly administered first aid.

Once medically stabilised the woman was placed in a basket stretcher and carried over the rocks to Bangor Lifeboat.

With fine weather conditions and Dr Dobbie onboard, the Lifeboat proceeded back to Bangor were the women was transferred into the care of waiting paramedics.

Dr Dobbie, a volunteer crewman onboard RNLI Bangor Lifeboat praised the actions of both crews. He said 'The dedication and commitment of Donaghadee and Bangor crews is evident in the professional manner in which they worked together in providing medical assistance to this injured lady ' He added 'We all wish her a full and speedy recovery'

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#rnli – Portaferry RNLI in County Down rescued two men in the early hours of this morning (Friday, 13 July) after a report that a rigid inflatable boat had collided with a yacht in Strangford Lough just off Killyleagh.

The lifeboat crew received a call from Coastguard at 2am following a report that a rib and a yacht had crashed and that both boats were sinking.

Crew launched its inshore Atlantic 85 lifeboat with four on board at 2.07am and made their way to the scene half a mile from land.

Weather conditions at the time were described as calm with no wind and with good visibility.

When the crew arrived on the scene they found two men in the rib but no one on board the yacht.

One man had sustained a minor head injury and both were taken by the lifeboat to a slipway at Killyleagh yacht club. The injured man was then taken to hospital by a friend who was waiting at the quay side.

Portaferry lifeboat crew then returned to the scene of the accident and secured both boats to a mooring before returning to base at 3.30am.

Deputy Launching Authority Lennie Lawson said the rescue was a credit to the volunteer crew who responded quickly and in numbers in the early hours of the morning: 'It was amazing how quickly our crew turned out and got to the scene launching within six minutes. Thankfully, weather conditions were favourable which assisted the crew in returning the casualty safely to shore'.

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#rnli – Crosshaven RNLI lifeboat were tasked to a collision between two racing yachts, South of Roches Point competing at this afternoon's Cork Week regatta.

The initial information was that one of the yachts was taking on water.

Crosshaven lifeboat quickly launched and headed for the 32' stricken yacht. On arrival, it was clear that no crew on either boat had been injured and that the damage to one yacht, whilst extensive, was above the waterline.

Crosshaven ILB then escorted the damaged yacht back to Crosshaven. Crosshaven Coast Guard and Cork Civil Defence Ribs also attended on scene.

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Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat was launched to assist 3 persons aboard a 32ft cruiser that had an engine overheating problem.

#rnl i– Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was requested by Valentia Coast Guard to assist 3 persons on board a 32ft crusier that was in danger of grounding on the Goat Road, south of Bellevue Point, after its engine had dangerously overheated.  The skipper of the cruiser switched off his engine to prevent an engine fire.  At 14.08hrs, the lifeboat launched with Helm Colin Knight, Eleanor Hooker and Tom Dunne on board. Winds were northerly, Force 4, and visibility was good.

The skipper of a passing barge, Knocknagow, advised the cruiser to drop anchor to prevent themselves being grounded on the Goat Road and raised the alarm. (The Goat Road is a rocky outcrop for migrating Terns.  It is marked by the navigation mark E.

The cruiser passed a tow line to the barge, who took it under an alongside tow.  When the lifeobat arrived on scene, they found all safe and well.  An RNLI crew member was transferred to the cruiser, who passed the tow to the lifeboat.  The cruiser was towed to Williamstown Harbour.

Lifeboat Helm, Colin Knight praised the skipper of cruiser for his swift action in cutting their engine saying that 'had he not noticed and been attentive to the overheating indicator, they would have been a definite risk of an engine fire on board'.

The lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service again at 15.15

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#rnli – One of Crosshaven RNLI's major fundraising events of the year was held on Saturday evening last, with a black tie Dinner at the Royal Cork Yacht Club. The event was held in conjunction with the Cork Week regatta which is taking place this week.

On a glorious summer evening, one hundred supporters listened to a very enjoyable and Interesting conversation between afloat's correspondent Tom MacSweeney and the Coxswain of Baltimore lifeboat, Kieran Cotter as well as enjoying an excellent meal provided by Royal Cork Yacht club.

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#rnli – At lunchtime today Bangor lifeboat crew received a urgent request from Belfast Coastguard to launch the lifeboat and rescue 3 people onboard a 15ft speed boat. The dory type vessel had experience 'catastrophic' engine failure close to Black Head which is on northern shores of Belfast Lough.

Within minutes of the rescue pagers being activated, volunteer crews had launched and Bangor Lifeboat and were proceeding at full speed towards the stricken vessel.

Upon arrival volunteer crew found that the dory had beached on rocks beneath the Lighthouse and the 3 occupants had scrambled safely ashore. A very lucky escape for those onboard.

With weather conditions deteriorating lifeboat crew were able to get a tow line aboard the grounded dory and tow it to the safety of Whitehead Harbour.

When leaving Whitehead Harbour to return to Bangor, lifeboat crew noticed that another 15ft speed boat with 4 people onboard was in difficulty and needing assistance.

A tow line was quickly rigged and she was then taken under tow to the safety of Whitehead Harbour.

RNLI volunteer helmsman Ewan Scott used these rescues to highlight a RNLI safety message when he said. We always urge everyone going afloat to make sure their engine and fuel systems and are well maintained and in good working order. Engine failure close to shore and commercial shipping routes could lead to a life threatening situation'. He added 'We're happy that everyone onboard both vessels are now safely ashore'.

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#rnli – Lifeboat crew at Kinsale RNLI saved a man this afternoon (Tuesday 3 July) following reports that a person was seen in difficulty in the water at Castlepark.

The lifeboat was launched at 4.30pm following a request from the Garda and the volunteer crew were on scene minutes later.  On arrival they spotted a man in the water in difficulty and recovered him onto the inshore lifeboat.

The lifeboat proceeded back to the station where the Lifeboat Medical Advisor Dr. Padraig McGillicuddy administered first aid, which was followed by the presence of a first responder.  The man was then transferred to Cork University Hospital by ambulance.

Commenting on the callout Kinsale RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager John O'Gorman said, "The lifeboat crew were on scene quickly and recovered the man from the water.  Due to their training they were able to administer first aid immediately.  He was extremely lucky that he was spotted in difficulty and that help was close by.  He was cold and badly shaken by the incident. In those situations every second counts."

Lifeboat crew on the callout were helm Nicky Searls and crewmembers Richard McKinlay and Ian Fitzgerald.

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#rnli – Yesterday afternoon at 17.24hrs, Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was requested by Valentia Coast Guard to assist 15 persons on board a cruiser that had grounded off Kylenoe Point on the northeastern shore of Lough Derg. At 17.35hrs, the lifeboat launched with Helm Eleanor Hooker, Robbie Garland and Owen Cavanagh on board. Winds were westerly, Force 4, and visibility was good.

The skipper of another cruiser, Crescendo, had sight of the casualty vessel and radioed that she would remain nearby. When the lifeboat arrived, all persons were found to be safe and unharmed, but anxious. They were reassured by the lifeboat crew and requested to put on their lifejackets.  An RNLI lifeboat crew member boarded the vessel, which was standing in less than a metre of water. Once it was established that the boat was not holed, it was taken off the rocks and towed into safe water.  Forward and astern drive and steering were checked and found to be undamaged.  The skipper of the cruiser, who had misread the charts, was given further instruction before continuing his onward journey.

The Lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service again 19.30hrs.

Lifeboat Operations Manager, Charles Stanley Smith would like to stress that 'Lough Derg is a wonderful tourist resort with many varied attractions for all'.  However, he advises that as the summer holidays approach, 'all lake users should take simple safety measures: wear a lifejacket, get familiar with lake charts, carry a means of calling for help, check engine and fuel, tell others where you are going and check the weather before your journey. Then, enjoy yourself on the lake'.

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