At 11:32 this morning the Coast Guard alerted Baltimore Lifeboat station to an urgent call for assistance. A 20 metre fishing vessel with four crew on board had been disabled when she ran over her own nets and had become propped. At the time of the incident the fishing vessel was 20 nautical miles offshore, south of Toe Head, near Skibbereen, Co. Cork
The Tyne class all weather Lifeboat Hilda Jarrett immediately put to sea under the direction of Coxswain Kieran Cotter. When the lifeboat arrived on scene, the crew established a tow and proceeded back to Baltimore. Weather conditions were good, but due to the long distance it was 3 hours before they made the safety of Baltimore harbour and the fishing vessel was secured alongside the pier. The lifeboat was back on station at 16:30.
Lifeboat crew on this service ; Coxswain Kieran Cotter, mechanic Jerry Smith, Ronnie Carty, Pat Collins, Don O’Donovan and Paul O’Driscoll