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

News and Shouts 2012

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swimmers take the plunge Enlarge
26th December 2012
A crowd of over 150 people gathered to see the 80 sponsored swimmers take to the cold sea at 2 pm. After the event hot drinks were served up at the lifeboat station where a raffle was also held to raise funds for the local lifeboat. The swim was organised by members of the Hayes family in memory of the late Paddy Hayes who was a volunteer with the local lifeboat crew and who passed away earlier this year.
25th December 2012

Wishing all our friends and supports a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

25th November 2012
The crew were paged this morning at 7.49 am, but were stood down just after they had geared up. Dunmore East RNLI and Rescue 117, who were also alerted, had responded to a Mayday call after a 40 foot fishing vessel had caught fire while fishing 4 miles to the South of Hook Head. The two crew on board the trawler had taken to their life raft and were picked up by another fishing boat. They required no medical attention. The trawler sank a few hours later.
11 charter boat with 9 people on board Enlarge
18th November 2012
The volunteer crew were alerted 2:38 pm, after Rosslare Coastguard radio received a call for assistance from a charter boat with 9 people on board. The boats engine refused to stay running while on a fishing trip. The charter boat was a mile to the North of Blackrock with the wind and tide taking it away from Blackrock but pushing it towards the shore. The RNLB Killarneyarrived at the charter boat 15 minutes later and passed a tow rope and towed the boat back to Kilmore Quay getting back in at 3:30
11 meteryacht with 3 people on board Enlarge
29th October 2012
The volunteer crew were paged at 5:50 pm by the Coastguard and were requested to assist an 11 metre yacht with 3 people on board to get into harbour. The yacht had its engine running but was getting no propulsion when engaging the gearbox. The lifeboat picked up the yacht at St Patrick’s bridge and towed it into her berth in the marina.
smsll boat with 4 people on board Enlarge
6th October 2012
Dublin Coastguard paged the Kilmore Quay crew at 9:18am to assist a small boat with 4 people on board whose outboard engine refused to start a mile to the East of St Patrick’s Bridge. In fine weather conditions the lifeboat tow the boat back to the slip at K.Q.
CEO visits kilmore quay Enlarge CEO visits kilmore quay Enlarge
2nd October 2012
The Chief Executive of the RNLI, Mr Paul Bossier, was in Kilmore Quay on Tuesday 2nd of October 2012. Mr Bossier along with Owen Medland, Training Inspector and Emma Gibson Area Manager- Fundraising were welcomed to Kilmore Quay lifeboat station by a large group of volunteer fundraisers and crew from the station. During the hour and a half that Paul spent at the RNLI lifeboat station he chatted and mingled with the group before saying a few words, where he thanked the volunteer fundraisers, lifeboat crew and management for their comment to the saving of life at sea. He also took the opportunity to have a look around the RNLB Killarney at her new berth in the marina and he later presented retiring crewman John Kehoe with his vellum of service to mark John’s 42 years with the local lifeboat during which time it rescued 58 people from shipwreck. Before leaving, Lifeboat operations Manager, Sean Radford thanked Mr Bossier for his visit to Kilmore Quay and to the RNLI for providing modern crew facilities ashore along with the state of the art Tamar class lifeboat.
Divers in trouble Enlarge
22nd September 2012
Dublin Coastguard paged the volunteer lifeboat crew at 09:10am after a dive boat alerted the Coastguard that one of its divers had surfaced unexpectedly and was in need of immediate assistance. A number of vessels responded to the Pan-Pan broadcast along with Kilmore Quay lifeboat and Rescue Helicopter 117. The fishing vessel Ocean Breaker was first on scene and recovered the remaining 3 divers from the water while Rescue 117 winched the diver from the dive boat and then proceed to Waterford Hospital. The 3 remaining divers were checked over before returning to the dive boat and then returned to Kilmore Quay escorted by the lifeboat and the RIB Aquaspeed who had also responded. Irish Sea Contractors had readied their recompression chamber at Rosslare Harbour and were on standby. Regrettably the diver that was taken to hospital was pronounced dead a short time later. The RNLI would like to express their sympathy to the Family and Friends of the deceased man, may he rest in peace.
local vessel Enlarge
21st September 2012
Dublin Coastguard paged the volunteer crew at 09:58am to assist a 24 foot lobster boat with one person on board which fouled its prop while fishing to the South of the Saltee Islands. The lifeboat towed the vessel back to K.Q.
lobster boat Enlarge
21st August 2012
At 9:58AM the volunteer lifeboat crew were paged after a lobster boat with 2 people on board suffered engine failure while hauling lobster pots between the Keeragh Islands and the shore. While the lifeboat was on route to the scene the casualty managed to restart her engine and began to make her way towards Fethard harbour. The lifeboat arrived on scene and escorted the casualty back to Fethard and then returned to K.Q.
yacht adrift Enlarge
18th August 2012
A lone French yachtsman was airlifted from his vessel on Wednesday last and his yacht was left to drift with its emergency beacon transmitting. By Saturday morning the yacht had drifted to a position 17 miles south of Kilmore Quay. It was decided that the best course of action was to send the lifeboat out to tow the yacht ashore as it was starting to drift into the shipping lanes for the Irish Sea. The lifeboat crew were summoned at 10:07 am and had the yacht alongside in the marina by 1:20pm.
24 metre trawler Enlarge
15th August 2012
The volunteer crew were paged at 2:44am when a 24 metre fishing vessel with 4 people on board arrived off Kilmore Quay with an intermitting engine problem and as a precaution requested the assistance of the lifeboat. The lifeboat meet the trawler a mile North of the Saltee Sound and passed a tow rope and pulled her into the harbour in a freshening South-East wind with the operation taking just over the hour.
local vessel Enlarge
12th August 2012
The volunteer crew tasked by Dublin Coastguard at 1:37 pm to go to the assistance of a 20 foot local vessel with one person on board which had fouled her propeller while fishing three quarters of a mile off shore to the East of the station. The lifeboat arrived on scene a short time later and towed the vessel back to K.Q. getting in at 2:38pm.
charter boat Enlarge
27th July 2012 X 2
The lifeboat crew were summoned into action twice today initially at 12:03pm when a charter boat with 10 people on board fouled its propeller on a lobster pot marker between the Saltee islands and the Brandies rocks. The vessel was cut free and towed back to K.Q. Later at 5:55pm a 28 foot yacht with two people on board required the assistance of the lifeboat and her crew when on arrival at the harbour its engine failed to start and needed a pull into the harbour.
small sailing vessel Enlarge
21st July 2012
Kilmore Quay lifeboat crew were paged at 4:38 pm when an 8 metre yacht with 2 people on board requested assistance after it had fouled is propeller on a lobster pot maker while it was a quarter of a mile to the West-North-West of Forlorn point. The lifeboat crew managed to free the yacht and towed it back to the Marina at K.Q.
15th July 2012
The volunteer crew were paged at 12:47pm when a RIB with 3 people on board suffered engine failure half a mile off Forlorn Point in slight conditions. The Lifeboat arrived on scene a short time later and towed the RIB back to K.Q.
section of hull in water Enlarge charter vessel Enlarge
26th June 2012 x 3
The lifeboat crew were paged at 9:23 am after a local lobster boat came across a section of hull from a yacht in the vicinity of the Red Bank to the west of the Great Saltee Island. When the lifeboat arrived on scene the piece of hull was taken on board the lifeboat which then commenced a search of the area in poor visibility. Rosslare Harbour lifeboat and Rescue helicopter 117 also assisted in the search. An hour and a quarter into the search Kilmore Quay lifeboat was asked to go to the aid of a charter boat out of Dunmore East with 8 people on board which was located 2.5 miles East of Hook Head. The charter boat was taken in tow and put alongside in Dunmore East around 1pm. Mean time Rosslare Harbour lifeboat and Rescue 117 conclude the search of the area to the Southwest of the Saltee islands, nothing further was found and the search was stood down. Kilmore Quay lifeboat returned to Station at 2:30pm. The volunteer crew were paged again at 5:19pm when a yacht entering Kilmore Quay went aground. The yacht managed to re-float itself and enter the harbour just as the lifeboat was leaving her berth.
small sailing vessel Enlarge
21st June 2012
Kilmore Quay volunteer lifeboat crew were paged at 6:24 pm to assist a 7 metre sailing vessel with one person on board which had a jammed rudder when it was one mile north of Blackrock. The lifeboat arrived on scene and passed a tow rope to the casualty and towed her back to Kilmore Quay getting back in at 8:30 pm.
small cabin cruiser Enlarge
2nd June 2012
Kilmore Quay lifeboat crew were paged at 1:42pm, a small cabin cruiser with 3 people on board had suffered engine failure in the vicinity of Sebber Bridge at the North East end of the Great Saltee Island. Although the cruiser had an auxiliary engine it was unable to make headway against the tide and wind. The lifeboat passed a tow rope and towed the vessel back to K.Q marina.
blondie Enlarge
1st June 2012 (photo by Teresa Hinchy)
This weekend our station mechanic Brian Kehoe will travel to London to represent the Irish division of the RNLI at the Diamond jubilee pageant on the river Thames. Brian will be aboard the lastest Tamar class lifeboat which has been named Diamond Jubilee and takes part in the pageant on Sunday, it is estimated that the flotilla will strech for 12 miles along the river.
11 metre yacht needs tow Enlarge
14th May 2012
The volunteer crew were call on at 7:29pm to aid a 36 foot yacht with 2 people aboard that had made a passage from Lands End to Kilmore Quay. On arrival off the Saltee Islands the crew discovered that their engine would not start and required tow to get into the harbour.
7.5 metre yacht aground at st patricks bridge Enlarge
13th May 2012
Kilmore Quay lifeboat crew were alerted at 3:28pm when a 23foot yacht with 2 people on board went aground on St Patricks Bridge. When the lifeboat arrived on scene the Y-boat was deployed to get into the yacht, the yacht was well aground but watertight. So its anchor was put out and the 2 people taken back to the lifeboat and brought ashore. Later that evening the lifeboat returned to the yacht as the tide was rising and again used the Y-boat to attach a tow rope. The yacht was re-floated and brought to the marina around 10pm.
8 metre yacht Enlarge
10th April 2012
The volunteer RNLI crew were paged today by Dublin Coastguard at 3:22pm after an 8 metre yacht with 2 people on board issued a Mayday when the yacht lost its rudder while she was 1 mile to the West of Forlorn Point in a fresh Westerly wind. When the RNLB Killarney arrived on scene, a crewmember was put on board and a tow was set up using the casualty drogue as the yacht was unable to steer. The yacht was put alongside in the marina at 4:30pm.
small boat with 5 people on board Enlarge
7th April 2012
A small fiberglass boat with 5 people on board asked the Coastguard for assistance when its engine would not start. Kilmore Quay lifeboat was requested to go to aid of the boat at 4:13pm. The boat which was about a mile offshore and 2 miles to the East of the Little Saltee Island, in good weather conditions. The lifeboat arrived on scene a short time later, passed a rope to the boat and towed it back to K.Q.
2nd mechanic pat retired Enlarge
31st March 2012
Pat Power (behind the stern light) retired from his post on Saturday after 17 years service as second mechanic at the station. Best wishes to pat from everyone involved with the station.
18th March 2012
The volunteer crew were paged at 23:19 Hrs by Dublin Coastguard who had received a call from a member of the public reporting a vessel on fire between the Saltee Islands and Kilmore Quay. The Lifeboat launched and carried out a search of the area along with a search of the Saltees and with nothing sighted the lifeboat returned to station at 01:15 Hrs.
10 metre boat with engine fire Enlarge
2nd March 2012
The volunteer crew were alerted by Dublin Coastguard at 11:40 hrs today, a local vessel with 1 person on board had an electric fire in the engine compartment when it was 1.5 miles to the West of the Great Saltee Island. With the fire extinguished by the person on board, the lifeboat towed the vessel back to Kilmore Quay getting into the harbour at 13:45 hrs.
8 metre boat taking on water Enlarge
10th February 2012
The volunteer crew were call on to escort an 8 meter fishing with 2 people on board at 14:44 Hrs. Initially the vessel began taking on water while it was fishing 3 miles to the North of Rosslare Harbour. Rosslare Harbour lifeboat and Rescue 117 were tasked by the Coastguard, with pumps put on board the casualty from the lifeboat and the ingress water under control the casualty began to make her way south heading for Kilmore Quay. The RNLB Killarney met with casualty vessel at Carnsore point and relieved the Rosslare Harbour lifeboat. The casualty made it back to Kilmore Quay by evening.
8 metre lobster boat Enlarge
10th February 2012
The volunteer crew were paged at 10:50 Hrs, An 8 metre lobster boat with 2 people had mechanical failure half a mile south of the small Saltee Island the lifeboat towed her back to K.Q.
fishing vessel with fouled prop Enlarge
7th February 2012
The volunteer crew were paged at 14:16 Hrs and the lifeboat was requested to go to the assistance of a small fishing vessel with 2 people on board which had picked up a large sheet of netting in its propeller and was unable to get it clear. The fishing boat was located 4 miles to the East of the station at Kilturt bank. The RNLB Killarney was on scene a short time later and towed the boat back to Kilmore Quay in favourable conditions.
20 metre fishing vessel lost engine Enlarge
22nd January 2012
The volunteer crew had gathered for a routine exercise on Sunday morning when a 20 meter stern trawler with 4 people on board reported that it was having engine problems 25 miles from the station, the lifeboat got underway a short time later and made the passage to the casualty in a fresh to strong Westerly wind. A tow was connected to the trawler and it was towed back to K.Q.

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