RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

11/27/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/27/2018 17:19

Crosshaven RNLI lifeboat launches in response to cries for help

A man was rescued this evening after falling overboard from his vessel.

The volunteer crew from Crosshaven were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat at 5.20pm this evening to reports of a person shouting for help at Drakes Pool, a mile upriver from the lifeboat station.

On arrival, it was found the casualty had managed to remove himself from the water and onto another moored vessel after being in the water for up to 30 minutes, and was extremely cold and hypothermic. The crew immediately medevaced the casualty back to the lifeboat station where he was assessed by Dr John Murphy, Crosshaven RNLI's doctor and put into a hot shower before being taken by ambulance to Cork University Hospital for further evaluation.

Speaking following the the call out, Phil Maguire, Crosshaven RNLI Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer said: 'We wish the casualty well following what must have ba frightening experience

The casualty was wearing a life jacket, but this failed to inflate. It highlights how important it is to have your safety equipment checked and kept in good order.

Crew on this service were Vince Fleming, Denis Cronin, Molly Murphy and Susanne Deane.
Shore Crew, Michael McCann, Robbie and Mary O'Riordan.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland