An RNLI lifeboat on the south-east coast of Ireland. Established 1847.

News and Shouts 2011

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6th November 2011
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The lifeboat crew were out on exercise Sunday afternoon to coincide with the arrival of Portpatricks new Tamar class lifeboat which was stopping at Kilmore Quay overnight on route to Scotland. The lifeboat had just entered the harbour when a call was received from a yacht with one person on board in the vicinity of Kilturk bank to the East of the station. The vessels engine refused to start and with no wind, a tow was requested and the yacht was brought back to K.Q.
27th October 2011
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The volunteer crew were paged at 11:07 Hrs by Dublin Coastguard, a local fishing vessel with one person on board a mile to the West-Northwest of the Great Saltee island had suffered machinery failure and requested assistance. The lifeboat arrived on scene 15 mins later and towed the vessel back to K.Q.
13th October 2011
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Crew member Declan Roche receives his long service certificate and gold badge from Deputy Divisional Inspector Gareth Morrison for his 20 years service to the RNLI at Kilmore Quay. Well done Dec.
01st October 2011 X 2
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The volunteer crew were paged by Dublin Coastguard at 14:02, initially the tasking was to a pleasure craft that a local charter boat had come across in dense fog to the west of the Great Saltee island with 2 people on board that were lost in the fog, while the crew were assembling another call had come into the Coastguard. A 26 foot lobster boat with one person on board was disabled half a mile to the Southeast of the Bore rock. As the pleasure craft had the charter boat standing by, another lobster boat the “Ocean Breaker” was passing and agreed to take it in tow, the lifeboat headed for the disabled lobster boat first. Took the lobster boat in tow back to K.Q., and then headed out to the pleasure craft which was been towed by the “Ocean Breaker” which were now a mile North of the Great Saltee. Took over the tow and made back for the harbour.
04th September 2011 X 2
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The volunteer crew were tasked by Dublin Coastguard at 12:49 a 10 metre charter boat with 11 people on board had steering failure 1.5 Miles South of the Keeragh islands in Ballyteige Bay, towed the boat back to K.Q. That night the volunteer were call on again to go and standby a 24 metre fishing vessel that was have intermittent fuel problems 15 Miles to the Southeast of the Station, escorted the vessel back to Kilmore Quay.
22th August 2011
The Volunteer crew were paged at 20:40 hrs by Dublin Coastguard, a six metre rib with 4 people on board had suffered engine failure at Makestone rock on the South side of the Great Saltee.The rib was at anchor when the lifeboat arrived on scene, took the 4 people on board the lifeboat and towed the rib back to K.Q.
17th August 2011
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The volunteer crew were tasked by Dublin Coastguard at 12:52 hrs. Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat had a 10 metre fishing vessel in tow and was heading for Kilmore Quay, the tow was handed over to Kilmore Quay lifeboat a couple of Miles to the East of Saint Patricks Bridge and the vessel was brought back to K.Q.
30th July 2011
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The volunteer crew were tasked by Dublin Coastguard at 11:17 hrs to go the aid of a ten metre fishing vessel with two people on board that had suffered engine failure while it was fishing two and a half miles WSW of the Great Saltee. Towed the vessel back to K.Q.
29th July 2011
The RNLB Killarney and her volunteer crew were tasked at 10:51 hrs to look for an over due kayaker. The kayaker had left Kilmore Quay earlier in the day to go to the Saltee Island and was due to return at 09:30 hrs. The shore contact for the kayaker got in touch with Dublin Coastguard who in turn tasked the lifeboat. The lone kayaker was located safe and well between the Saltees and the harbour.
24th July 2011
The volunteer crew were paged by Dublin Coastguard at 21:49 Hrs after a member of the public made a 999 call and reported seeing a person in a kayak capsize mid way between Forlorn point and the Harbour. The crew deployed the Y-boat as the lifeboat left the berth as the casualty was in shallow water. When the lifeboats arrived on scene the person had righted the kayak and got back on to it. The casualty was escorted back to the beach by the Y- boat.
23rd July 2011
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The RNLB Killarney gave assistance to a cabin cruiser that was drifting close to Forlorn point as it was having intermittent fuel problems, The cabin cruiser was towed back to K.Q.
11th July 2011
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The volunteer crew were paged at 06:32hrs. A becalmed yacht with 2 people on board had made a request for a tow from its position some 48 miles to the SSE of Kilmore Quay. The RNLB Killarney made the passage to the yacht in just over two hours at cruising speed, arriving at the yacht by 09:00hrs the tow was connected and the journey for home got underway a short time later. The lifeboat and yacht arrived back to Kilmore Quay at 15:45hrs, just over nine hours from the time the pagers were activated.
11th July 2011
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The volunteer crew were paged at 15:35 hrs, a 10 metre yacht with 1 person on board had fouled its propeller three quarters of a mile to the North of the Little Saltee Island. The RNLB Killarney arrived at the scene a short time later and took the casualty vessel in tow and brought her back to K.Q.
9th July 2011
The volunteer crew had their pagers activated at 06:03 hrs by Dublin Coastguard, an open boat was reported ashore on the Great Saltee Island by a passing vessel. After local investigation it was discovered that the boat had broke from its moorings at the island in the early hours of Thursday morning. The lifeboat was stood down a short time later.
30th June 2011
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The volunteer crew were paged by Dublin Coastguard at 14:07 Hrs, a 40 foot steel yacht with one person on board had fouled its propeller and suffered damaged to her rudder in proximity to the Barrels rocks about a mile south of Carnsore point. When the RNLB Killarney arrived on scene the tide had carried the yacht away from the Barrels towards Carnsore point, a tow was connected and the yacht towed back to K.Q.
18th June 2011
The RNLI volunteer crew were paged at 11:36 hrs by Dublin Coastguard after 4 people had come ashore on the Great Saltee Island, their RIB had suffered engine failure and struck rocks at Southside of the island. The 4 people managed to scramble onto the Island and were brought ashore by the island ferry. The lifeboat had a look along the shore of the island with no sign of the RIB which had broken up and sank. The 4 people were OK.
17th June 2011
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The RNLI volunteer crew were paged at 23:52 hrs by Dublin Coastguard, a local dive boat, a red six metre RIB with 4 people on board was reported overdue by its shore contact. The RNLB Killarney headed for the wreck of the Lismore were the divers were reported to be diving, the weather on scene was fresh Southwest wind with a slight swell. The lifeboat crew fired a white parachute illuminating flare in the hope of sighting the dive boat or prompting the divers to signal their position. By this time Rescue 117 was searching a dive site 2 miles to the southeast of baginbun head with nothing to report. Kilmore Quay lifeboat went to search another dive site at the back of the Great Saltee Island while Rescue 117 searched ballyteigue bay and the Keeragh islands. Kilmore Quay coastguard unit began a shoreline search from Kilmore Quay to the west up to Cullenstown and on to the East side bannow bay in the mean time Rescue 117 discovered a red RIB ashore on the Keeragh islands with nobody on board but this turned out to be another RIB as the dive boat had a Honda outboard and this one had a mercury outboard, this RIB had broke from its mooring in Fethard bay. Dunmore East lifeboat joined the search around 01:45 hrs and began searching from Hook head to the Keeragh islands. Rosslare Harbour lifeboat and Carne Coastguard unit joined in the search around 02.45 hrs. Rosslare lifeboat initially search the Blackrock and Carnesore Point area while Carne Coastguard searched along the shore from carnesore to the West and it was on this shoreline search that a marker buoy form the dive boat was discovered. The SAR units moved their search area from the Saltee Islands towards Carnesore Point and were joined by Fethard inshore lifeboat. Just after dawn Kilmore Quay lifeboat found a glove and a divers fin just off the Little Saltee Island and a few minutes later Kilmore Quay Coastguard unit reported a sighting of an upturned boat with people on it about three quarters of a mile off Forlorn Point. Rescue 117 winched the 4 divers on board and headed for Waterford while Kilmore Quay lifeboat towed the upturned RIB back to Kilmore Quay. All the SAR units headed home to their respective bases and thankfully the 4 divers were medically assessed and found to be well.
15th June 2011
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The president of Ireland Mary Aleese officially named Kilmore Quays new tamar class lifeboat Killarney at a ceremony on the quay side. The lifeboat station and the people of Kilmore Quay were delighted to welcome the many dignitaries, fellow search and rescue crews from around Ireland and those who travelled from the UK but were specially delighted that the family of Mrs Weeks( RNLB Killarney was funded with a legacy from Mary Weeks of Surrey in England) namely her niece Betty Hull, her great niece Anne Piggford and great nephew David Hull were special guests at the ceremony.
11th June 2011 X2
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The RNLI volunteer crew were alerted by Dublin Coastguard at 08:40 Hrs, Two fishing vessels one towing the other, the towing vessel was experiencing overheating of its engine when it was in the vicinity of Blackrock to the Southwest of Carnesore point. When the lifeboat arrived on scene it took over the tow and made for Kilmore Quay arriving back at 10:30 hrs. The crew were just leaving the lifeboat when they were paged again to go to the aid of a small open boat with two people on board just to the North of Blackrock which had engine trouble. Towed the boat back to K.Q.
4th June 2011 X3
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The RNLI volunteer crew were alerted by Dublin Coastguard at 06:57 Hrs, A 30 foot cabin cruiser with 2 people on board had lost all power and was adrift 1 mile East of the Little Saltee island in a fresh ENE wind with a choppy sea. Towed the boat back to K.Q. The volunteer crew were paged at 19:19 hrs by Dublin Coastguard a yacht with 2 people on board had arrived off Kilmore quay under sail, its engine refused to start and it requested a tow into the harbour. The RNLB Killarney meet the yacht at Saint Patrick’s Bridge and towed it into the marina and put the yacht alongside. The lifeboat was back in her berth and the crew were washing down when they were paged again at 20:30 hrs, this time 2 kayaks were caught in the tide off Forlorn Point 3.5 cables to the west of the harbour. The lifeboat was on scene in a few minutes and took the 2 people and their kayaks on board and landed them back at K.Q.
27th May 2011 X2
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The RNLI volunteer crew were alerted by Dublin Coastguard twice today first at 09:09 hrs when the RNLB Killarney went to the aid of a lobster boat with one person on board that had fouled its propeller to the west of the station. Towed the boat back to K.Q. The volunteer crew were alerted for a second time at 15:20 hrs when an angling boat with 12 people on board suffered engine failure 2.5 miles to the South-Southeast of Kilmore Quay. Towed the vessel back to K.Q.
15th May 2011
The RNLI volunteer crew were alerted by Dublin Coastguard at 17:18 Hrs, A charter boat with 12 people on board had suffered machinery failure 4 miles from the harbour, the vessel was located and towed back to K.Q.
24th April 2011
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The RNLI volunteer crew were alerted by Dublin Coastguard at 17:52 Hrs, An open boat with 2 adults and 2 children on board had lost the use of both outboards three quarters of a mile from the harbour. Towed the boat back to K.Q.
21st April 2011
The RNLI volunteer crew were paged by Dublin Coastguard at 15:31 Hrs. A member of the public reported seeing an inflatable beach toy a drift at Ballyhealy beach and it was thought that a child may have been a drift with it. When the lifeboat arrived on scene the Y-boat was deployed and a short time later the inflatable was located, but no sign of any child. A search got under way involving Kilmore Quay lifeboat, KQ Y-boat, Rosslare Harbour lifeboat, Rescue 117 (Coastguard helicopter from Waterford) and two local charter boats Autumn Dream and Celtic Lady. After 2 and half hours of searching from Kilmore Quay to Carnesore Point and with no reports of any missing person the search was stood down.
18th April 2011
The RNLI volunteer crew were paged by Dublin Coastguard at 09:23 Hrs. A nine metre vessel with 2 people on board had lost power to the south of carnesore point. The casualty vessel had also lost its GPS but had VHF radio so the lifeboat crew used its radio direction finder to locate the vessel and tow it back to K.Q.
10th April 2011
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The RNLI volunteer crew were alerted by Dublin Coastguard at 15:43 Hrs, a 4 metre fibreglass boat with 3 people on board had suffered engine failure somewhere off the Great Saltee Island. The only contact with the casualty was by mobile phone and after getting in contact with the casualty is was established that they were out to the South of the Island. Because the casualty had no VHF radio the lifeboat crew could not use the radio direction finder to aid with finding the vessel. After another phone call the boat was located around one mile ESE of the coningmore Rocks. Towed the boat back to K.Q.
30th March 2011
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Two people had launched a small dinghy powered by an outboard from the slip in the harbour earlier in the day. During the afternoon they were seen from the harbour office in the vicinity of St Patrick’s Bridge rowing against wind and tide. As the dinghy was making no progress the harbour staff informed the Station mechanic of the situation and a short time later the Y-boat was on its way to investigate. On reaching the dinghy the people on board were trying to restart the outboard but to no avail and were towed back to the harbour by the Y-boat.
8th March 2011
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The RNLI volunteer crew were paged by Dublin Coastguard at 18:03 Hrs after a 10 metre trawler sent out a Pan-Pan call(urgency call) as it steering had failed 6.6 miles to the South West of Kilmore Quay. The RNLB Killarney was underway a short time later heading into a slight to moderate South-Westerly swell with over cast conditions. When the lifeboat arrived on scene a tow was established and it took just under an hour to reach Kilmore Quay where the tow was shortened and trawler was put alongside the pier wall.
26th and 27th Febuary 2011
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Crew assembled at 10:30 Hrs and launched to carry out a search for a fisherman, missing from a fishing vessel that sank in Waterford harbour estuary on Friday the 18th of Febuary. Searched from Kilmore Quay to Hook head and into the estuary along the East side of the river up as far as Ballyhack, using the Y boat for close inshore work.
20th Febuary 2011
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Launch at 09:18 Hrs to carry out a search for a fisherman, missing from a fishing vessel that sank in Waterford harbour estuary on Friday last. Searched from Kilmore Quay to Hook head and into the estuary.
19th Febuary 2011
Paged at 14:13 Hrs by Dublin Coastguard, when the volunteer crew assembled they were informed that a rider had fallen from a horse on Ballyhealy beach 2 miles to the East of the station. The RNLI all-weather lifeboat Killarney got underway in calm conditions with poor visibility. A local Doctor who was on the marina was commandeered to assist. While on route to the scene the lifeboat was stood down as a Doctor had arrived from the shore side and the causality had come round.
31st January and 1st Febuary 2011
Kilmore Quay's RNLI Lifeboat was tasked to assist the Gardai in the search for a missing person in the Cullenstown area. The all-weather lifeboat searched Ballyteigue Bay from Forlorn point to Bag'N'Bun and around the Keeraghs Islands.
30th January 2011
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Paged at 12:03 hrs by Dublin Coastguard. As the volunteer crew were aboard the lifeboat training alongside the marina, the RNLI's all-weather lifeboat Killarney was underway within 2 minutes. The casualty vessel was an 18 foot open boat with 3 persons on board and was located 0.75 of a mile West of the Conningmore rocks (SW of Great Saltee Island) in calm weather conditions. Established a tow and arrived back to K.Q. at 13:20 hrs.

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