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

News and Shouts 2016

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5th December 2016
7 meter leisure boat Enlarge. 7 meter leisure boat Enlarge.
The station recently had 2 long service awards presented to retired Second Mechanic Pat Power and to the current Second Mechanic Phil Walsh. Both were presented with their Gold Badges at the lifeboat station by Conor Curtin from the RNLI Divisional base in Swords, Co Dublin.
5th December 2016
The lifeboat crew were called upon at 10:42am to assist a local lobster boat with one person on board which had fouled its prop while hauling pots half a mile to the south of Forlorn point. The lifeboat slipped out and towed the boat back to the harbour where the boat was slipped and the prop freed.
2nd December 2016
7 meter leisure boat Enlarge.
The volunteer crew launch at 1:37pm to a 7 meter leisure boat with 2 people on board. The crew of the leisure boat contacted the Coast Guard who in turn page the lifeboat crew. The leisure boat was fishing to the Northeast of the Little Saltee Island when their engine failed to start. The lifeboat was alongside quickly in fine weather conditions passed a tow rope and towed the boat back to the marina at Kilmore Quay.
28th November 2016
24 meter fishing boat Enlarge.
The volunteer crew were paged at 3:56am when a 24 meter trawler with 4 people on board and suffering with engine trouble had been towed in from the fishing grounds by another trawler. The lifeboat was requested to take over the tow and take the vessel into the harbour. Weather conditions were good with an Easterly breeze which makes it a little more difficult to stop a disabled vessel when entering the harbour, despite the breeze the trawler was safely alongside the harbour wall by 5:30am.
18th Oct 2016
10 meter fishing boat Enlarge.
A 10 meter crab boat was hauling its pots to the North-west of Blackrock when one of its propellers became fouled. What was fouling the prop was also jamming the rudder and the boat was unable to steer. The lifeboat was asked to give assistance and launched at 10:11am, when the lifeboat arrived it passed over the tow rope and towed the boat back to Kilmore Quay.
14th Sept 2016
The pagers called the volunteer crew from their beds at 3:14am, a yacht with two people on board was aground and was unsure of their location. Lifeboats from Rosslare Harbour & Dunmore East were also alerted and while the Rosslare crew were on their way down to the lifeboat station that they noticed a yacht aground on the rocks between the piers in the harbour. The Rosslare Harbour crew rendered assistance and picked up the two sailors. In the mean time the Kilmore Quay lifeboat had searched along the back of the Little Saltee and was heading for the Great Saltee when they were told to stand down and to return to Kilmore Quay.
10th Sept 2016
small leisure craft Enlarge.
While out on a Saturday morning exercise the lifeboat crew got a call from the Coast Guard on the VHF radio informing them that a small boat with 3 people on board was in need of assistance as their engine failed to re-start. The lifeboat made best speed to South side of the Great Saltee Island where the casualty was located half a mile to the South of the island. A tow line was passed to the casualty and it was towed back to the slipway at Kilmore Quay.
30th Aug 2016
24 meter trawler Enlarge.
The volunteer crew were summoned from their sleep at 3:33am when a 24 meter fishing vessel with 4 people on board, it had a fouled propeller had been towed in from the fishing grounds by another trawler. The lifeboat was required to tow the trawler into the harbour. The operation was complete with in the hour with the trawler alongside the quay wall.
25th Aug 2016
leisure craft Enlarge.
The pagers were activated at 4:16pm by Dublin Coast Guard. A 10 meter leisure boat with 7 people aboard developed an electric problem with its starter on its engine while sports fishing 12 miles South South-east of Hook Head. When the lifeboat arrived on scene it was decided to put one of the mechanics from the lifeboat aboard the casualty to see if the problem could be rectified. In the meantime the tow rope was passed and the lifeboat began to tow the casualty back towards Kilmore Quay. After twenty five minutes both the casualty's engines were restarted and the tow was disconnected and the lifeboat escorted the casualty back to Kilmore Quay getting back at 6:25pm.
24th Aug 2016 X 2
27 foot yacht Enlarge.
Two shouts today, the first at 1:51pm when a 20 foot leisure boat with 2 people on board encountered engine failure while fishing a mile South of the Great Saltee Island. The lifeboat proceed to the position given and when on scene it o the passed its tow rope over to the casualty. It took just under 40 minutes to get back to the harbour. The second shout came just as the lifeboat crew were securing the lifeboat in her berth, a 27 foot yacht with two people on board had arrived off Kilmore Quay and its engine would not start. With near calm conditions and with the lifeboat crew still aboard the lifeboat, the skipper of the yacht requested assistance to complete the last part of their journey to get into the marina.
23rd Aug 2016
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The volunteer crew were alerted by the Dublin Coast Guard at 10:57pm, a 24 meter stern trawler had fouled its prop while on route to the fishing grounds. It was just a mile to the South East of St Patricks Bridge, a 6 minute run for the lifeboat had it alongside the trawler. The tow was quickly set up in fine weather conditions. The trawler was towed back to the harbour and put alongside the quay wall by midnight.
22nd Aug 2016
navigation mark adrift Enlarge.
The Starboard Hand mark at St Patricks Bridge had moved off station and it was found down at Carnsore Point, it was considered purdent to request the lifeboat to go and tow the buoy back to Kilmore Quay as it may lead a passing vessel astary and into danger.
15th Aug 2016 X 2
leisure craft Enlarge. leisure craft Enlarge.
In the early hours of the 15th August a yacht with 1 person on board contacted the Coast Guard to inform them that he had a fouled propeller and required the help of the lifeboat. So the volunteer crew were paged at 1:32am and slip out to the yacht set up a tow and pulled it back to the marina at KQ. The second shout of the day came in the afternoon at 2:36pm when a 24 meter trawler with 4 people on board had suffered machinery failure while it was 1.5 miles North of the Saltee islands. The lifeboat crew went out to her, attached a tow rope and towed her back to the harbour in fine weather conditions.
13th Aug 2016
leisure craft ashore Enlarge.
A 6 meter leisure craft with two people aboard had contacted the Coast Guard on their mobile phone to say that their outboard had stopped and that they were ashore on the Great Saltee Island. The Coast Guard alerted the volunteer lifeboat and rescue helicopter R117 at 11:40am. It was established that casualty was ashore at the Ring on the west side of the island. The lifeboat was alongside the casualty seventeen minutes later and the helicopter shortly after. The lifeboat crew used the Y-boat to extract the 2 people from the casualty and put them aboard the lifeboat before attempting to re-float the leisure craft, after a couple of tries the craft was re-floated and it was towed back to Kilmore Quay. The helicopter was released once the 2 people were safe aboard the lifeboat and needed no medical help.
5th Aug 2016
lobster boat Enlarge.
The lifeboat was asked to go and assist a lobster boat with one person on board that had fouled its prop while hauling pots close to the Great Saltee island, the lifeboat launched at 8:13am and arrived on scene a short time later, a tow rope was passed to the vessel and it was towed back to the harbour.
27th July 2016
leisure craft Enlarge.
A lobster boat with 1 peson on board had its prop tangled while fishing to the North of the Little Saltee Island in fine weather conditions. When the lifeboat arrived on scene the crew passed a tow rope and towed the boat back to the safety of the harbour.
23rd July 2016
leisure craft Enlarge.
The volunteer crew from Kilmore Quay were call to take over a tow from Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat, who had went to the aid of a 12 meter yacht with 3 people on board. Kilmore Quay lifeboat met with the Rosslare Harbour lifeboat to the East of Saint Patricks Bridge and took over the tow. The yacht was put alongside in the marina 30 minutes later.
17th July 2016
leisure craft Enlarge.
The lifeboat crew were summoned at 1:50pm, a 7 meter leisure craft with 5 people on board had suffered engine failure while it was cruising in Ballyteige bay. The leisure craft had shot its anchor while it waited for the lifeboat which was alongside a short time later. A tow line was passed to the leisure and it was towed back to the marina, put in its berth.
11th July 2016
yacht with dirty fuel Enlarge.
The volunteer crew were paged at 9:20pm a 10 meter yacht with 3 people on board lost power when it was 8 miles Southeast of Kilmore Quay, the crew of the yacht had found that water had made its way into the fuel tank contaminating the diesel fuel. With little wind the crew ask for assistance to get to Kilmore Quay. The lifeboat went out to the yacht, passed a tow rope and towed the yacht back to the marina at Kilmore Quay getting back in just before midnight.
8th July 2016 X 2
two yachts two shouts Enlarge. two yachts two shouts Enlarge.
The RNLI lifeboat crew were requested to assist a yacht that had arrived off Kilmore Quay and discovered that its motor wouldn’t start. This yacht required a tow into the harbour. While the lifeboat was towing the first yacht, a second yacht was on its approach and strayed out of the channel, as it was low water it went aground just outside the harbour. Once the first yacht was secure in the marina, the lifeboat went out to the grounded yacht, towed it off the sand and brought it into the harbour.
5th July 2016
yacht 50 miles offshore Enlarge.
The volunteer crew were paged at 5:40pm when a 12 motor/sailor with 3 people on board had lost power over 50 miles to the south of Kilmore Quay, while the lifeboat crew were assembling the crew on the motor had managed to get the engine running again and were now making their way to Kilmore Quay. The Coast Guard was monitoring their progress back to the North, with communications between the Coast Guard and the casualty being made via a passing ferry. At 6:59pm the casualty suffered engine failure again and this time the lifeboat was dispatched to render assistance, in favourable weather conditions the lifeboat was alongside two hours later and a tow line was passed. The tow back to Kilmore Quay would take around nine hours with the lifeboat giving an ETA for 6:15 the following Morning. The lifeboat arrived on time and the casualty was put alongside in the marina.
1st July 2016
The lifeboat crew were alerted at 3:29pm when a 6 meter yacht with 1 person on board passed the Harbour and was heading into a dangerous patch of water to the East of St Patricks Bridge. While the volunteer crew were assembling the long sailor had turned his yacht and was making his way back over St Patricks Bridge and out of danger. The assembled lifeboat crew monitored the yachts progress until it was safe inside the harbour.
25th June 2016
Towing trawler into harbour Enlarge.
The volunteer crew were paged at 7:51am, two 35 meter fishing vessels one towing the other had arrived off Kilmore Quay during the early hours. The casualty vessel had fouled its net in the propeller and lost propulsion. The lifeboat was required to tow the trawler into the harbour at High water, so the lifeboat crew passed their tow rope over to the casualty vessel and took over the tow, they then towed the casualty into the safety of the Harbour, putting casualty alongside at 9am, the lifeboat then returned to her berth.
18th June 2016
The volunteer crew were paged at 11:41am when a member of the public thought that a person it a kayak off Forlorn point was in difficulty. When the lifeboat arrived on scene it was discovered that the kayaker was fishing and all was well, the lifeboat returned to the harbour. No harm done.
17th June 2016
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The RNLI held its Annual Presentation of Awards at the Guinness Storehouse on Friday (17 June 2016) where the charity presented 56 individual awards to volunteers from across the country. Five of the awardees were from county Wexford. Two from New Ross, Mr Trevor Campbell and Mr John Dimond, one from Wexford town, Mrs Florence Jenkins and Two from Kilmore Quay RNLI branch, Anne McMorrris and Reggie Spelman. Mrs Anne McMorris from Kilmore Quay RNLI Station Branch received a Bar to Gold Badge. Anne has been a diligent Station Treasurer at Kilmore Quay for 25 years. Anne also took on the Chairperson of the Station Management team in 2008 and has also been an dedicated RNLI fundraiser in the area too. While Dr Reggie Spelman from Kilmore Quay RNLI Station Branch received a Bar to Gold Badge. As a GP in a rural practice in Wexford, Dr Reggie Spelman has kindly provided medical support and advice to the Kilmore Quay lifeboat station for over 34 years as the Honorary Lifeboat Medical Adviser.
29th April 2016
24 meter trawler with 4 on board Enlarge.
The volunteer’s pagers sounded at 9:58pm. A 24 meter fishing vessel the suffered engine failure while it was 1.5 miles to the Southeast of Blackrock with 4 people on board. Weather conditions were fine with good visibility in a crisp cold night. The lifeboat was alongside the fishing vessel within 37 minutes of the pager sounding, the tow rope was passed and the tow back to Kilmore Quay commenced with the casualty being put alongside the quay wall just after midnight.
14th April 2016
At 7:30am the volunteers pagers sounded, a local fishing vessel with 1 person on board had fouled its propeller while hauling pots just to the North of the Little Saltees, the lifeboat proceed to the given position and towed the lobster boat back to the Harbour and was back in time for the lifeboat crew to head to the day job.
12th April 2016
yacht with 3 people on board Enlarge.
RNLI volunteers were called upon at 8:22pm when a 10 meter yacht with 3 people aboard, got snagged in a lobster line while making their way to Kilmore Quay in dense fog. They were 2 miles East of Saint Patricks Bridge when they got snagged. The lifeboat made best speed in the foggy conditions and was alongside the yacht within 10 minutes of leaving the harbour. Two lifeboat crew were put aboard the yacht to help free the vessel, when this was achieved, the tow rope was passed and the yacht was put alongside in the Marina shortly before 10pm.
18th March 2016
The volunteer RNLI crew were paged at 3pm when a charter boat with 5 people on board put in a request for assistance after it lost power when in the vicinity of St Patrick Bridge, conditions were good at the time with an Easterly breeze. The lifeboat was alongside the charter boat a short time later, passed a tow rope and towed the casualty back to the safety of the marina.
12th March 2016
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The volunteers at Rosslare Harbour were towing a 15 meter fishing vessel with 3 people on board, the casualty had lost its rudder when it broke from its moorings off Rosslare Harbour. Kilmore Quay lifeboat crew were requested to take over the tow at Blackrock to the Southwest of Carnsore point. The volunteer crew left Kilmore Quay at 9:20am in dense fog and made their way to Blackrock where they meet the Rosslare Harbour lifeboat. The tow was exchanged and the lifeboat arrived off Kilmore Quay in clearing conditions just after 11am. The fishing vessel was put alongside the quay wall and the lifeboat returned to her berth in the marina.
21st February 2016
tersea hinchy receiving her silver badge Enlarge.
The volunteer crew were paged at 2:32am, two 33 meter fishing vessels one towing the other had arrived off Kilmore Quay during the early hours. The casualty vessel had fouled its net in the propeller and lost propulsion. The lifeboat was required to tow the trawler into the harbour, so the lifeboat crew passed their tow rope over to the casualty vessel and took over the tow, they then towed the casualty into the safety of the Harbour, putting casualty alongside at 4am, the lifeboat then returned to her berth.
16th February 2016
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Volunteer fundraiser Teresa Hinchy received a Silver Badge and a letter of thanks from the RNLI Council to mark her contribution & service to the RNLI down through the years. During the Station’s annual inspection Colin Williams of the RNLI presented Teresa with her award.
16th January 2016
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The lifeboat crew were call at 2:52pm when an American yacht was leaving Kilmore Quay just before Low water, the yacht strayed out of the channel and went aground just outside the mouth of the harbour. The lifeboat crew passed a rope and pulled the yacht back into the channel. On the second attempt the yacht caught the ground again and had to be pulled clear again. The lifeboat crew gave directions to the yacht skipper and on the third try all went to plan. The lifeboat then escorted the yacht until it had cleared Saint Patricks Bridge. The yacht began its journey towards Lands end and the lifeboat returned to her berth in the marina.
9th January 2016
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The volunteers at Kilmore Quay Lifeboat Station received a call from the Coast Guard at 10:20pm. A twenty four meter trawler with 4 people on board had fouled its propeller while fishing twenty miles offshore, the trawler was in no immediate danger other than having lost its means of propulsion. The lifeboat crew were asked to tow the trawler ashore and set off to the casualty position a short time later, arriving at midnight. A tow was established in fine weather conditions with a slight swell from the Southwest. The Lifeboat and her tow arrived at Kilmore Quay a little before 5am and the trawler was put alongside the quay wall.
7th January 2016
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The volunteer crew was requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 11.10pm last night following a Mayday call that a 13m steel fishing trawler was taking on water at Baginbun to the east of Hook Head in County Wexford. The four crew onboard were fishing for herring when they got into difficulty and raised the alarm. Weather conditions at the time were challenging with a Force eight fresh gale, a rough sea and driving rain. The all-weather lifeboat under Coxswain Eugene Kehoe and with six crew members on board launched within minutes and made its way to the scene approximately eight and a half nautical miles from Kilmore Quay. Once on scene, the lifeboat crew observed that the vessel wasn’t taking on water but that in the challenging weather conditions, some of the pound boards used to keep the fish from moving freely, had given way. This caused a substantial amount of herring to move towards the stern of the vessel forcing it down so that the deck level ended up in the water. The lifeboat crew assessed the situation and contemplated transferring the fishermen onto the lifeboat. However, a decision was made to closely monitor the situation with the lifeboat moving to the weather side of the vessel to create a lee and provide shelter to the vessel before escorting it to Kilmore Quay. The Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 was also on scene providing essential light overhead to guide the vessel into the harbour at Kilmore Quay.

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