Date Published : August 14th, 2014 Published By : admin
An Air and Sea Search & Rescue operation has ended this morning (14th August ’14) following the recovery of a man’s body from the water, and the rescue of another man and a woman off an island in West Cork, after the yacht in which the three sailors were on had capsized. The alarm was raised when the crew failed to return to shore by 7pm last night Wednesday 13th August.
The incident happened near Roaring Water Bay, Schull, West Cork. Efforts to contact the seven meter yacht, Zillah, a Drascombe Lugger, by marine VHF radio failed.
The search operation was being coordinated by the Irish Coast Guard from its Valentia operations centre. The Shannon based ICG Sikorsky helicopter, an RNLI all-weather Lifeboat and an inshore search vessel from Baltimore RNLI, the Defence Forces LE Ciara plus other voluntary rescue boats from Schull and Goleen were involved in the search.
As darkness fell, the search continued with the Coast Guard helicopter using infra-red cameras.
The overturned yacht was discovered at first light and by 6am, rescuers located a man (70’s) and woman (60’s) safe on Castle Island. They had both managed to swim to the isolated island. The third person however was still missing. They were both taken rescued from the island by an RNLI crew. They were then airlifted to awaiting paramedics at Baltimore and treated for hypothermia and mild shock.
The Baltimore Lifeboat Station confirmed that the body of a man was discovered in the water at Roaring Water Bay, north of Sherkin at 8.15am. The body was brought to the lifeboat station at Bullpoint, where the casualty was pronounced dead by Dr. Don Creagh. His remains were removed to Cork University Hospital for a post mortem.
Baltimore RNLI Lifeboat coxswaine Ciaran Cotter told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland “They probably were able to get ashore quite quickly after their boat capsizing. When we arrived last night it was dark, we wouldn’t have been able to go right into the shore because of the rocks. Getting ashore would have been quite tricky, the onshore wind would have been blowing onto the rocks. They suffered no serious injury except hypothermia,” he said.
Updated: 14/08/14 11.00am
Photo: Baltimore Lifeboat Station