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Baltimore RNLI launched to flare sighting at Gokane Point off West Cork

Lifeboats News Release

Baltimore RNLI launched last night (Tuesday 15 August), after reports of a flare sighted at Gokane Point near Toe Head in West Cork.

Baltimore all-weather lifeboat

RNLI/Micheal Cottrell

Baltimore all-weather lifeboat

The volunteer lifeboat crew were alerted by the Irish Coast Guard at 10.15pm that there was a reported sighting of a distress flare near Gokane Point.

The lifeboat under the command of Coxswain Kieran Cotter and with mechanic Cathal Cottrell and crew members Pat Collins, Brian McSweeney, Don O’Donovan and Ryan O’Mahony launched and proceeded towards the area but were stood down a short time later by the Coast Guard when it was ascertained that it was a firework that had been set off and not a boat in distress.

The lifeboat returned to the station in Baltimore. Providing assistance at the boathouse was Jerry Smith.

Speaking following the callout, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘We would rather launch to a false alarm with good intent rather than not at all. We would remind anyone using fireworks in a coastal area that it is important to notify the Coast Guard beforehand. If you get into difficulty at sea, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’


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For more information please contact Kate Callanan Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Tel: 087 290 6607 or Baltimore RNLI Deputy Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Cyril Thornton Tel: 087 9876718

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