Baltimore RNLI Lifeboat launched at 05:20 this morning 12 Feb 2013 to participate in a search for a missing Spanish fisherman. The Alan Massey, proceeded to an area 20 miles SW of Mizen Head in West Cork. Alongside the Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat, 2 Irish Naval vessels, Coastguard helicopters, an Irish Airforce fixed wing aircraft and a fleet of trawlers the lifeboat carried out a prolonged search pattern. Weather did not impede the search as it was overcast but clear with light winds and a heavy swell. By 12 noon with no prospect of a successful outcome the Coastguard called off the search and the lifeboat made the 40 mile passage back to her new berth at Baltimore Lifeboat Station. On board Coxswain Kieran Cotter, Mechanic Cathal Cottrell, Aidan Bushe, Pat Collins, Don O’Donovan, Micheal Cottrell and Eoin Ryan. This week marks the first anniversary of the Alan Massey’s arrival in Baltimore.
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