2013

 

2013

This summer, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution passed a remarkable milestone.

The rescue of a kitesurfer by the Fraserburgh crew in Scotland on June 30 marked the 140,000th life saved by the charity since its founding in 1824.
The 140,000th Rescue

The Fraserburgh Lifeboat Willie and May Gall was called out at 4.35 pm on Saturday 30 June  2012 after the coastguard had received a phone call informing them of a kitesurfer in trouble in Fraserburgh Bay.

Bodgan Bocaneala, a 30-year-old kitesurfer, had got in trouble when his legs had become entangled with the lines of his kite. Although a good swimmer, Bogdan had found it impossible to swim back to shore due to the powerful current.

When the lifeboat reached Bodgan, two crew members were able to pull him onto the deck, where they could untangle him from his kite.

The lifeboat then headed back into Fraserburgh

Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat launched 16 times in 2012.

Launches in 2013

February 6thLaunched 10.32 to a local fishing boat drifting towards shore in a strong Force 8 northerly wind. The fishing vessel was escorted to the shelter of Rosslare Harbour pier. Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat returned to pen & refuelled 12.45. Visibility Good. Air temperature 7 degrees. Water temperature 7 degrees. Wind- Force 8 NNW.

February 14th. Launched 11.00 to a fishing vessel with mechanical failure off Blackwater Bank. The fishing boat was taken in tow back to Rosslare Harbour. Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat back in pen at 13.30.  High water 9.00.  Visibility good/ sunshine.  Air temperature 9 degrees.  Water temperature 8 degrees.  Wind 14 knots, Westerly.

March 21st. Launched 10.20  A local fishing boat drifting in Rosslare Bay was towed back to Rosslare Harbour. The lifeboat returned to the pen  11.45. Visibility fair/good. Air temperature 5 degrees. Water temperature 6.5 degrees. Wind ESE 25 knots.

April 23rd. Launched at 04.10. A yacht on passage to Dun Laoghaire with two on board called for assistance. The yacht was 2 miles north of the Tuskar Rock lighthouse. Although not in immediate danger, the yacht’s crew requested a tow back to Rosslare Harbour . The lifeboat returned to the pen at 06.45.  Visibility good. Air temperature 10 degrees. Water temperature 10.5 degrees. Wind, W 4-6 knots.

April 27th. Launched 14.24. Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat was requested to join in a search for 3 divers missing near the Saltee Islands.However the divers were recovered soon after launching . The lifeboat was stood down & returned to the pen. Water 10 degrees . Air temperature 10 degrees. Wind ESE  15 knots. Visibility , good.

May 12th. Launched 08.30. Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat went to the assistance of 30ft commercial fishing boat with a fouled prop close to the Raven point. The vessel was towed safely back to Rosslare Harbour by 09.30. Returned to pen with the Lifeboat at 09.40.   Visibility fair/good. Recent rain. Wind WSW 10 knots.Water temperature 11 degrees. Air temperature 9.6 degrees.

May 20th.Launched 22.15. Commercial fishing vessel from Arklow   became entangled in fishing gear & lost all power.  The Lifeboat towed the vessel back to  Rosslare Harbour where local engineers were able to assist in rectifing the problem & the fishing boat was able to continue her journey to Arklow. Wind NW 17 knots. Visibility good. Water temperature 10 degrees. Air temperature 9 degrees.

May 21st. Launched 09.20. A 10 meter yacht with two persons on board , travelling from Youghal to Fort Willam in Scotland, encountered difficulty with their engine & called the coastguard for assistance. The yacht was taken in tow & brought safely back to Rosslare Harbour. Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat returned to pen 12.30. Wind 17 knots, NNW. High water 15.20. Air temperature 10 degrees. Water temperature 10.5 degrees. Visibility good.

June 1st. Launched 21.20. A crew member on board an Irish fishing vessel sustained serious injury whilst fishing off Tuskar Rock. Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat brought the injured fisherman back to a waiting ambulance at Rosslare Harbour at aprox 22.45.   Wind 10 knots. Air temperature 11 degrees. Water temp. 11 degrees. Visibility good.

 June 10th. Launched 01.23. A lone yachtsman en route from Liverpool to Cobh, disorientated by poor weather became stranded on Curracloe beach. After a lenghty search the yacht was found.  Crew from Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat managed to bring the sailor safely ashore where he was looked after locally. Visibility poor with light rain. Wind 25 knots. Air temperature 13 degrees. Water temp. 11.5 degrees. Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat returned to its pen at 04.30.

June 11th. Launched 18.40.  Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat was launched to investigate the possibility of towing the stranded yacht to deeper water. The shallowness of the area didn’t allow this & the Lifeboat returned to its pen at 20.30.

June 13th. Launched 11.20. Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat was requested to  assist with the evacuation of an injured seaman on board a fishing vessel 40 miles south of Tuskar Rock but was stood down by the Coastguards as helicopter Rescue 117  had managed to collect the injured seaman  who was brought to Waterford Hospital.

June 16th. Launched 10.12. 35 ft sailing yacht entangled in lobster fishing gear south of the Fundale Buoy was assisted by Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat & was shadowed for a short while after the yacht was freed. With no further signs of any damage, the yacht resumed her journey & the Lifeboat returned to base at 11.15. Wind SSE 11 knots. Water temperature12.6. Air temperature 12.5 degrees.

June 22nd . Launched  16.10.  Coastguard requested immediate launch as a person was reported in the water. Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat was stood down shortly after launch as the coastguard helicopter Rescue 117 was close by and brought the casualty to safety. Lifeboat returned to base 16.35. Wind WNW 20 knots. Air temperature 14 degrees . Visibility good. Water temperature 13.1 degrees

June 25th. Launched 16.05. A  Howth based yacht called for assistance having become entangled in lobster fishing gear east of Raven Point. The yacht having just completed a round the world trip, was towed back to Rosslare Harbour  for repairs to the entangled propellor drive. The Lifeboat returned to its pen 18.35. Wind SW 10 knots. Visibility, good. Air temperature 16 degrees. Water temperature 14 degrees.

July 8th. Launched 15.30. Drogheda based razor fishing boat lost power close to Blaxckwater head & called for assistance. Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat towed the vessel away from the shore & soon after regained engine power & was able to proceede to Rosslare Harbour port. The Lifeboat remained alongside. Returned to pen 17.10. Wind N 4 knots.Visibility good. Air temperature 19 degrees. Water 15.2 degrees

July 19th.Launched 17.30. A swimmer was reported to be in trouble about 300 meters off shore at Ballinesker beach near Curracloe. Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat searched the area extensivly along with two local fishing boats, Helicopter Rescue 117 & Wexford Lifeboat but no persons found. The Coastguards stood down the search operation at 18.40. Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat returned to pen at 19.00.  Wind ENE 8 knots. Visibility fair to good. Air temperature 20 degrees. Water temperature 17 degrees.

July 24th. Launched 19.26.

The volunteer lifeboat crew at Rosslare Harbour launched their all weather lifeboat this Wednesday evening at 7.30pm, to assist in the search for two people on board a fishing boat which was reported to be taking on water.The weather conditions were described as good with a southerly force 3 wind.The fishing boat had set out from Cahore Harbour on the north Wexford coast. They called for help using a mobile telephone.  Rosslare Harbour RNLI and lifeboats from Courtown and Cahore, along with the Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 joined in the search.  At 7.50pm the Coast Guard helicopter located the two fishermen  safe and well and their vessel on the beach at Glasgorman near Cahore. Wind Southerly 8 knots. Visibility fair to good. Air temperature 18 degrees. Water temperature 17

July 26th. Launched 17.12

Rosslare Harbour RNLI lifeboat  was tasked by Irish Coast Guard to help in the search off St David’s Head in Wales for a person whose Personal Locator Beacon(PLB) had deployed an alert via satellite.  The person was later located  & winched to safety by UK Coastguard helicopter. Rosslare Harbour RNLI lifeboat was stood down & returned to base at 18.30. Wind Southerly 8 knots. Visibility good. Air temperature 18 degrees. Water temperature 17.1 degrees

 August 8th. Launched 11.00

 The volunteer lifeboat crew at Rosslare Harbour launched their all weather lifeboat this Thursday morning at 11am, to assist an 11 meter fishing boat.The weather conditions were described as good with a southerly force 3 wind.The Arklow based fishing boat became entangled in fishing gear whilst fishing  just north of the Raven Point on the Wexford coast  and lost all power. The fishing boat contacted the Coast Guards.  Rosslare Harbour RNLI  were quickly on scene and took the fishing vessel on tow as far as Cahore Point where the RNLI all weather lifeboat from Arklow towed the boat the remainder of the jouirney to Arklow. Wind Southerly 14 knots. Visibility good. Air temperature 20 degrees. Water temperature 16.9 degrees

August 22nd. Launched 02.13

Rosslare RNLI launched their all weather lifeboat to assist a 12 meter yacht entangled in lobster fishing gear 3 miles east of the Barrels rocks. On reaching the vessel, some time was spent trying to free the boat but it was decided to tow the yacht back to Rosslare Harbour where a more detailed inspection could be carried out. The 12 meter yacht was tied up at 05.30 & the lifeboat returned to it’s base shortly after. Wind southerly 8 knots. Visibility good.Air temperature 17 degrees . Water temperature 16 degrees

September 20th. Launched 14.30

A Wexford based trawler suffered serious mechanical problems 50 miles south of Carnesore point . Rosslare Harbour RNLI launched with seven volunteer crew to assist the stricken trawler. A lengthy tow  to Rosslare Harbour saw both safely back at 2.00  the following morning. Wind South Westerly 8-10 knots. Visibility good. Air temperature 15 degrees. Water temperature 14.5 degrees.

November 24th. Launched 16.10

A Conway, N.Wales bound, 8 meter yacht, becalmed off the Tuskar Rock lighthouse suffered severe engine failure. With no wind and no engine the only alternative was the Rosslare Harbour lifeboat. The yacht was towed back to the safety of the harbour for repairs. the three crew on board were never in any danger. The lifeboat returned to the pen at 17.50. Wind NE 5- 8 knots. Visibility good. Air temperature 8 degrees. Water temperature 12 degrees.

November 25th. Launched 13.10

Rosslare Harbour lifeboat launched at the request of the Coastguards to assist with search and rescue for a missing fisherman close to the Saltee Islands. The lifeboat assisted in search operations until stood down by the Coastguards and returned to pen at 20.10.     Wind NW  5-8 knots. Visibility good. Air temperature 7 degrees. Water temperature 12.4 degrees.

November 26/27th.

Rosslare Harbour lifeboat assisted in the search for a missing fisherman in the Saltees area on both days. Crews changed at 13.oo. Weather excellent with calm seas and good visibility.

 

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