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

News and Shouts 2013

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25th December 2013
Surfer at burrow shore Enlarge
The volunteer crew were paged at 3:59 pm on Christmas day by Dublin Coast Guard who had been contacted by a member of the public. A surfer was having trouble getting back to shore while surfing at an area known locally as the Burrow. Weather conditions were good with a slight running on-shore, the lifeboat was at the scene a short time later and launched its Y-boat to go and recover the surfer and his board from the shallower water and bring them back to the lifeboat which then returned to Kilmore Quay.
1st December 2013
Scallop boat in search Enlarge
A 15 meter fishing boat with 8 people on board involved in the search for the missing fisherman in the Saltee islands area began taking on water. The crew of the trawler alerted the lifeboat to their situation via VHF radio, the lifeboat was in the immediate area and was alongside within 5 minutes the lifeboat crew quickly transferred its pump and began pumping the boat out while taking 5 of the people aboard the lifeboat as a precaution. The naval service was also in attendance with their pump and Rescue 117 was readying their pump at the base in case it was required. With the situation under control it was discovered that a change over valve in the wrong position was the cause of the flooding. The vessel returned to Kilmore Quay under her own power escorted by the lifeboat which returned to the search area once the fishing boat was safely alongside.
29th November 2013
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A dive boat with 5 people on board involved in the search for the missing fisherman developed a steering problem while on the way back to Kilmore Quay. The lifeboat diverted from the search area to tow the boat back to the harbour at Kilmore Quay and then returned to the search.
man missing from lobster boat Enlarge
25th November 2013
The volunteer lifeboat crew were alerted at 12:45pm after local fishermen noticed a 28ft local boat had remained stationary for longer than normal lenght of time while hauling lobster pots in the vicinity of Shoal rock at the southernmost tip of the Great Saltee Island. Upon investigation its occupant could not be found. Weather conditions in the area were good at the time. After a search of the boat and no trace of the local fisherman in the immediate area, a major air-sea search got underway involving RNLI all-weather lifeboats from Kilmore Quay, Rosslare Harbour and Fethard inshore lifeboat along with the Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 and a fleet of local vessels. Kilmore Quay Coast Guard unit prepared the landing site at Kilmore Quay for Rescue 116 which had flown from Shannon via the Naval base at Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour to pick up a team of Naval Service divers, who dived in the area where the boat was found before darkness fell. Despite an extensive search over a massive area for the next 9 days coordinated from the Naval vessel Le Orla, no trace of the missing fisherman has been found.
lobster boat taking water Enlarge
23rd November 2013
The volunteer crew were paged at 11:33am. A 7 metre lobster boat with one person on board was taking on water while hauling lobster pots a mile to the South-East of the little Saltee Island in fair weather. The ingress of water had been brought under control and another fishing boat began to tow the casualty back to harbour. When the lifeboat arrived the tow was passed to it and the lifeboat towed the casualty back to Kilmore Quay.
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26th September 2013
At 9:20 am the volunteer crew were summoned to go to the aid of a 30 ft fishing boat with 2 people on board which had fouled its propeller while fishing in dense fog in an area known locally as the 'red shoal', 3 miles to the west-Southwest of the Great Saltee island. The lifeboat proceed at best speed in the prevailing conditions with visibility down to 2 cables at times and arrived on scene 20 minutes later. The crew used VHF direction finding equipment to pin point the vessel among a number of targets on radar in the area. A tow was established and the vessel was towed back to Kilmore Quay.
20th September 2013
The lifeboat crew were requested at 8:25 am, to go to the assistance of a 28 foot potter with 1 person on board which was forced to shut down its engine due to an oil leak. The boat was hauling pots to the South of the Great Saltee Island when the incident occurred. When the lifeboat arrived a tow was connected and the boat was pulled back to the Harbour at Kilmore Quay.
6 people on charter boat Enlarge
18th September 2013
The volunteer crew were paged by Dublin Coast Guard at 3:04 pm, a local 10 meter charter boat with 6 people on board had become disabled while on a fishing trip 2 miles to the West of Carnsore point. The lifeboat arrived on scene twenty minutes later and towed the boat and its occupants back to Kilmore Quay.
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13th September 2013
Kilmore Quay volunteer lifeboat crew were called upon to assist a 16 foot open boat with 2 people on board. The pair was fishing around the Saltee Islands on Friday 13 of September when their outboard motor failed. They were in the vicinity of Saint Patricks Bridge at the time, weather conditions were good with no wind and a calm sea. The lifeboat crew were paged at 4:08pm and were alongside the casualty a short time later. The open boat was towed back to the slip at Kilmore Quay.
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23rd August 2013
While returning from a training exercise on Friday evening the volunteer crew were passing a leisure boat with 3 people on board when they began waving at the crew of the lifeboat to get their attention as they were having engine problems a half of a mile south of Forlorn Point. The lifeboat crew passed a tow rope and brought them back to the marina at Kilmore Quay.
lobster boat with one person on board Enlarge
29th July 2013
Launched to assist lobster with one person on board.
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26th July 2013
Kilmore Quay RNLI lifeboat was requested to join a search for a person from a rigid inflatable boat (Rib) that was on its way to Kilmore Quay from Milford Haven, a personal location beacon (PLB) had been activated. As the crew were boarding the lifeboat they were stood down. A rescue helicopter from RAF Chivenor had found the person off the Welsh coast and winched him aboard.
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23rd July 2013
A Belgian yacht with three people on board was leaving Kilmore Quay harbour on a falling tide when it strays to far East and goes aground on the sandy bottom. The yachts Skipper is reluctant to call for assistance and by the time the Lifeboat was called the yacht was well aground, a tow rope was passed and despite a number of pulls it refused to move. The vessel re-floated on the rising tide and no harm was done.
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21st July 2013 X2
The volunteer crew were alerted at 11.24 am a dive boat was approaching the harbour with a diver suspected of having the bends. The lifeboat crew and a visiting doctor administered aid and put the diver on oxygen while Rescue 117 was preparing to land to the West of the harbour. The lifeboat crew brought the ill diver to the landing site and handed the person over to the helicopter crew who flew them to the decompression chamber in Galway.
Later that day at 2.33pm the volunteer crew was in action again, a crewman aboard a 24 metre fishing vessel had sustained scalding to his hand and abdomen while the vessel was fishing 17 miles to the Southwest of Kilmore Quay. The lifeboat was underway a short time later with Dr Mark Lennon on board and with a best speed of 27 knots in good conditions the lifeboat was alongside the fishing vessel in 30 minutes. The crewman was transferred to the lifeboat and was treated for his injuries on the way back to the harbour before going to hospital for furthered treatment.
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19th July 2013
A 10 meter yacht with 3 people on board which was taking part in the Gathering cruise fouled its propeller on a pot marker just to the South of the harbour. The lifeboat crew freed the yacht and towed it back to the Marina.
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28th June 2013
A lobster boat with 2 people on board requested the assistance of the lifeboat at 1:24 pm. A mechanical problem disabled the vessel while hauling pots 2 miles to the Southeast of the harbour, a little time later the lifeboat had the vessel in tow and berthed alongside 40 minutes later.
8 metre razor boat Enlarge
27th June 2013
At 2:08pm the lifeboat was call upon to assist an 8 metre fishing boat with 3 people on board that had suffered a gearbox problem when it was half a mile to the East of St Patrick Bridge. The volunteer crew were on scene a short time later, took the boat in tow and brought it back to Kilmore Quay.
22nd June 2013
Crew were paged at noon. a rubber dinghy had come ashore at the "White hole" a couple of miles to the East of the station, as the crew gathered it was confirmed that the dinghy had broke from its mooring at the Great Saltee Island and nobody was aboard it. The lifeboat was stood down at this time.
19th June 2013
The volunteer crew were alerted at 18:51pm when an open boat with 2 people on board had broken down off the shore at Rostoonstown breach. The alert was raised when one of the people aboard the vessel contacted the Coast Guard via their mobile phone.The lifeboat towed them back to Kilmore Quay
5 metre pleasure boat Enlarge
14th June 2013
A 5 metre pleasure carft with 1 person on board was being moved from its mooring outside the harbour to the safety of the harbour during a bit of a blow when its engine stopped and refused to start. The lifeboat crew were paged at 21:59pm, while the lifeboat crew were assembleing the person aboard the pleasure carft had anchored it and had made it ashore using their tender. The lifeboat crew launched the Y-boat to recover the pleasure carft and bring it back to the harbour.
8 metre fishing boat Enlarge
28th May 2013
The lifeboat crew were summonded at 11:48am, a lobster boat with 2 people on board encountered engine failure. The lifeboat crew proceeded to the boat and towed it back to Kilmore Quay.
24 metre fishing boat Enlarge
27th May 2013
The volunteer crew launched their all weather lifeboat at 6am following a report that a fishing vessel was in difficulty. The 24 metre trawler with 4 people on board suffered engine failure on its final approach to the harbour resulting in the vessel going aground to the East of the harbour. The Lifeboat was on scene a short time later in Southwest wind and heavy rain, a tow line was passed to the trawler, after a sustained pull the vessel was freed and returned to the harbour and put alongside
Ann at  awards in london Enlarge edmound at london awards Enlarge
23rd May 2013
The RNLI Annual Awards Ceremony took place at The Barbican, London - Irish recipients included our own Ann McMorris who received a Gold Badge for her service to the RNLI and Edmond O'Byrne also received an award for his contribution the charity.The awards were presented by The Duke of Kent.
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19th May 2013 X 2
Today saw two shouts which were very similar the first at 8:37am involved a small leisure craft with 4 people on board when it suffered engine failure They were relying on a mobile phone for their communications, combined with poor English made the task of finding them a little more time consuming. They were located to the West of the Saltees and were brought back ashore safe and well. Later the same day at 2:43 pm another small leisure craft with 3 people aboard and again relying on a mobile phone for their communications, they had lost power while fishing at the South side of the Little Saltee Island the lifeboat on scene a short time later and towed them back to Kilmore Quay.
8 metre pleasure boat Enlarge
17th May 2013
The lifeboat crew were alerted at 13:59 pm by the Coast Guard, an 8 metre pleasure craft with 2 people on board had snagged its propeller close to the South-West end of the Great Saltee Island. The volunteer crew were on scene twelve minutes later, freed the vessel by using the grapnel hook and cutting the rope before towing it back to Kilmore Quay arriving back in at 15:20 pm.
15th May 2013
The lifeboat crew were paged at 9:38 pm when a member of the public reported to Dublin Coast Guard that a yacht was close in shore and flashing a light. As the lifeboat crew were letting go the ropes the Coast Guard had made contact with the vessel which was at anchor and did not require any assistance.
6.5 metre racing yacht Enlarge
13th May 2013
The volunteer crew were paged by Dublin Coast Guard at 8:48 pm, a French yacht with 2 people on board which was taking part in the Mini Fastnet yacht race. The forecast was adverse so the crew of the 6.5 metre yacht decided to make for Kilmore Quay and with no engine (due to race rules) the lifeboat was needed to get them into the harbour.
20 meter trawler aground Enlarge
4th May 2013
The Volunteer crew were call upon to give assistance to a 24 metre trawler with 4 people on board which had gone aground at the entrance to the harbour. The trawler was being towed ashore by another vessel which fouled its propeller just off the harbour, both were aground for a short time before being refloated by a 3rd trawler and the lifeboat. Both trawlers were put safely alongside the pier wall.
potter with 2 people on board Enlarge
29th April 2013
Kilmore Quay lifeboat got a shout this morning at 9:29 am when a 12 metre potter with 2 people on board had fouled its propeller while hauling lobster pots 7 miles to the East of Kilmore Quay, in the vicinity of Blackrock. The charitys lifeboat with her volunteer crew were on scene 20 minutes later, a tow was established and the potter was brought back to the harbour at Kilmore Quay.
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27th April 2013
Three divers were brought to safety this afternoon after they lost contact with their dive boat and were reported overdue.The volunteer crew were paged at 1:30pm and were on scene 18 minutes later along with the Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 from Waterford and 2 local charter boats. The 3 divers were recovered a short time later safe and well.
steering failure on 20 meter trawler Enlarge
20th April 2013
Our volunteer crew were woken from their sleep at 1:30am by their pagers. A 20 metre fishing vessel with 4 people on board had developed steering trouble just after leaving the harbour. The skipper managed to keep the trawler away from St Patricks Bridge using his engine until the lifeboat arrived a short time later and passed a tow rope. The lifeboat then pulled the trawler back into the harbour.
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19th April 2013
While on passage from Holyhead to Kilmore Quay the crew of the Killarney came across two upturned kayakes off the South Stack Lighthouse. After contacting the coastguard they were told that a helicopter had airlifted the 2 kayakers to safety and Trearddur Bay Inshore lifeboat was launching to recorved the kayakes. Killarney stood by until the inshore lifeboat arrived and then continued on her way to Kilmore Quay.
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9th April 2013
The Hayes family gave a cheque for just over € 5000 to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) at Kilmore Quay last Tuesday evening at the charity’s premises. The monies raised were the proceeds of a sponsored Swim on St Stephen’s day organised by the family in memory of the late Paddy Hayes who was a volunteer with the local lifeboat. The RNLI at Kilmore Quay wish to thank the Family and particularly Grainne and Melinda for their work. Thanks also to the Swimmers who took part, maybe we’ll see you again later in the year?
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15th March 2013
Teachers and 30 pupils in 3rd Class from Piercestown National School called to the lifeboat station today where they had a tour of the station and the Tamar class lifeboat Killarney. The children made a donation to the RNLI which will go towards saving lives at sea. A big thank you to all the kids and their teachers.
stern trawler with 5 people on board Enlarge
10th March 2013
Crew pagers were activated at 8:19am, a 23 metre fishing vessel with 5 people on board had lost its main engine while fishing 40 miles to the South of Kilmore Quay. The charity’s all weather lifeboat Killarney got under way a short time later with 7 volunteer crew aboard, the passage to the trawler took an hour and fifty minutes in a fresh easterly wind. Once on scene a tow was quickly established and the 7 hour drag back to the North began. While on the way back the wind had picked up and by the time Kilmore Quay was reached the wind had freshened to gale force with stronger gusts. The trawler was put alongside the old pier in unfavourably conditions at 7:15 pm and the lifeboat returned to her berth in the marina.
lobster with 2 people on board Enlarge
23rd Febuary 2013
The RNLI volunteer crew were called at 11:40am to go to the assistance of a local lobster boat with two people on board, it was in a position one mile to the WNW of the Great Saltee Island and had lost the use of its engine. The Charity’s lifeboat left her berth in the marina and was with the casualty vessel 16 minutes later. A tow was established, the vessel was towed slowly to the South-east while the remaining lobster pots were put back on the seabed then the boat and its two crew were brought back to Kilmore Quay. The weather conditions were crisp with a Northerly breeze and overcast skies. This shout marked the first outing for two new volunteer crew Peadar Raftery and Victor Gore.

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