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Old 02 July 2007, 07:53   #1
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Infaltable/Rib goes over off Mizzen - SW Ireland

The report below refers to a dinghy but latest radio news is referring to an inflatable or a RIB. Thankfully these guys were wearing life jackets but their survival is still fantastic given the weather we've had recently - I spend a lot of time in this area and it is a typically harsh piece of SW Irish coast with a shoreline of almost unbroken rock and cliff and the sort of tides and races that get a wide berth. Where they launched is not a good place to be unless conditions are really good. The two in hopital are now confirmed stable and latest news is the Customs and Excise are reported to be searching for packages in the water near the incident.
Here's hoping the third guy is found quickly and well.

From RTE news:
Search operation under way off Cork coast
Monday, 2 July 2007 11:59
Valentia coastguard is co-ordinating a search and rescue off the coast at Goleen in west Cork.

Three men went out on a dinghy last night from Dun Lough between Mizen Head and Three Castles Head.

At 8m this morning one of them swam ashore and raised alarm after their dinghy overturned about 1.6km off shore.

AdvertisementAll three were wearing life jackets.

The coastguard contacted Castletownbere lifeboat, the Shannon-based helicopter and Goleen coastguard unit.

At 9am the Castletownbere lifeboat recovered a second man from the water. The two men who were rescued are being treated for hypothermia at Bantry General Hospital.

It is understood they may have been in the water for three to four hours. They are believed to be English and in their 20s.

Goleen rescue teams are searching on land for the third man in case he managed to swim or was washed ashore.

Coast Guard spokeswoman said: 'They were both extremely shocked. There is an intensive search under way for the third guy.'

The seas are described as moderate to rough, with a westerly force four wind.
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Old 03 July 2007, 05:13   #2
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no wonder it did carring over 100 million worth of drugs !!! i know that area well and it's one dangerous spot.

http://www.rte.ie/news/2007/0702/drugs1.html
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Old 04 July 2007, 04:38   #3
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No-one missing

The good news is there wasn't a third person in the water but two of the shore party are being eagerly sought with road-blocks all over the Mizzen peninsula. Also high on the list to fill out a questionaire on what is wrong with Irish hospitality is the offshore boat that dropped off the 1.5 tonnes of cocaine. I'll bet the CIA will be very generous with satellite coverage to track that particular boat.

I was down there the previous weekend and watched a fast patrol boat, in parallel with a big Rib that it had deployed which was working close inshore, sweep right around Three Castle Head from Dunlough Bay - where the small Rib had been heading. Looks like that was fishery protection as the drug haul is officially 'lucky'. Just a coincidence they were combing the exact spot the drugs run aimed for exactly a week later or their Intel on drugs is better than they want to reveal. I certainly hope so because drug runners over the years have got several boat owners unwarranted attention from the authorities.
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I bet they have links with the old IRA or other paramilitarys......
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Customs have just raided a trimaran in Pwllheli that just come from Bemuda via Kinsale, may be links to this????
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Old 06 July 2007, 10:48   #6
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and Spanish police boarded and arrested a sailing Catamaran which is now safely berthed under armed guard in La Coruna. I wonder whose 'eye-in-the-sky' told 'em which boat to grab.

I'm collecting a RIB trailer from that area tomorrow and a pal pointed out that towing an empty trailer from near where the drug smuggling RIB expired.......
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Important Forthcoming Public Auction

Spotted this in our local press .

Important Forthcoming Public Auction on 23rd March, 2010, in Cork* (by direction of the Criminal Assets Bureau)

A Fountaine Pajot Tobago 35 Catamaran LUCKY DAY (/seen ashore at La Coruna, Spain/)
2 Twin Engine Ribs (7.8 Ballistic GRP & 6.4 Rib Eye)
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