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Bring in your lifejacket to CH Marine for a free RNLI Lifejacket Clinic at its Cork branch THIS SATURDAY from 11am - 3pm.
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CH Marine's annual LIFEJACKET AWARENESS WEEK kicks off this Saturday 27 May with lots of lifejacket info, special offers and support. Given the recent results from a Dun Laoghaire RNLI Lifejacket last month that found barely one fifth of lifejackets…
Holyhead RNLI's all-weather lifeboat Christopher Pearce
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Holyhead RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat was launched last evening (Monday 22 May) after a man fell ill on board his sailing boat in the Irish Sea. The station’s Severn class Christopher Pearce launched at 6.25pm after the man, who…
Children take part in a Swim Safe session in Poole, Dorset
Sea Swim
#Swimming - Northern Ireland will be included for the first time in Swim Safe, a programme offering free outdoor swimming and water safety sessions for children aged 7-14 across the UK. Swim Safe teaches children how to stay safe when…
Arranmore RNLI operates a Severn class lifeboat like this one, Portrush RNLI’s erstwhile Katie Hannan
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Arranmore RNLI's all-weather lifeboat was called out to assist two people in a boat with engine failure off the coast of Glen Head in Co Donegal on Saturday evening (20 May). The stricken vessel, which had left Bunbeg…
The injured cyclist is winched from the Strand at Wicklow Harbour to a waiting ambulance
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Wicklow RNLI lifeboat pagers were activated at 12.24pm on Tuesday afternoon (16 May) after a cyclist had fallen from the quayside onto the Strand beach at Wicklow Harbour. The volunteer inshore lifeboat crew were on scene within minutes…
Courtmacsherry RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Courtmacsherry RNLI's all-weather lifeboat was called out at 11.30am yesterday morning (Wednesday 17 May) to go to the aid of a 70ft fishing vessel that sought assistance 10 miles south east of the Old Head of Kinsale in…
The RNLI coxswain brought the Rosslare lifeboat alongside the yacht to fix an accidentally activated EPIRB
RNLI Lifeboats
Rosslare Harbour RNLI all weather was launched by the volunteer lifeboat crew yesterday morningat 11.45am to respond to an EPIRB distress signal (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon). The Irish Coast Guard alerted Rosslare Harbour RNLI to immediately launch following an…
A freefall lifeboat like this one is commonly used in sea survival training
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#CourseDispute - A top maritime college’s dispute with Irish marine authorities over the approval of sea survival refresher training has reached the High Court, as the Irish Examiner reports. The National Maritime College of Ireland, under the Cork Institute of…
The Skandi Olympia is carrying out the visual survey for the next three weeks
Marine Warning
#MarineNotice - Sailors and other mariners off the South West Coast should keep on the lookout for a visual survey by remote operated vehicle currently being undertaken by PSE Kindle Energy Ltd. The survey, which was set to commence on Tuesday…
Nearly 400 boats will compete in the world's largest offshore race this August - and safety is of the utmost importance
Fastnet
#FastnetRace - With the days ticking down till the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race, Ocean Safety has published its free Fastnet Safety Checklist to ensure your yacht is ready for the rigours of the challenging seas around Fastnet Rock. One of…
One happy dog in the care of Lough Ree RNLI after a cruiser grounded on the Long Shoal on Monday morning
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Lough Ree RNLI’s lifeboat crew were alerted by the Irish Coast Guard on Monday morning (8 May) when four people and their dog on board a 40ft motor cruiser ran aground on the Long Shoal near the eastern…
The medical evacuation of a fisherman  took place 20 miles south of Ballycotton Lighthouse
RNLI Lifeboats
Ballycotton RNLI launched in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday 10 May) to assist in the medical evacuation of a fisherman 20 miles south of Ballycotton Lighthouse. The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat by…
Baltimore RNLI's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - A week of engine troubles around the Irish coast continued yesterday morning (Tuesday 9 May) when Baltimore RNLI went to the aid of a fishing boat on passage from France to Kerry. The lifeboat launched to the vessel…
Irish Coast Guard Airlifts Sailor From Royal Navy Submarine
Coastguard
#Coastguard - The Irish Coast Guard has airlifted a sailor with leg injuries from a Royal Navy submarine off the West Coast of Ireland, as The Irish Times reports. Sligo’s Rescue 118 helicopter was dispatched to the scene some 277km…
Taking to the water at the start of the 2016 Dunmore East RNLI Open Water Swim
Sea Swim
#Swimming - This year’s Dunmore East RNLI Open Water Swim sponsored by Activate and Lidl will take place on Saturday 20 May. Entry is €25 for any of three swims over distances of 1600m, 800m and a junior swim of…
Skerries RNLI Launches To Motor Boat In Difficulty
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Skerries RNLI assisted a motor boat with two men aboard that was experiencing engine difficulties at Rockabill Lighthouse on Sunday afternoon (7 May). Dublin Coast Guard tasked Skerries RNLI shortly after 12.30pm after receiving a call from a…

Every Year Ireland's Search & Rescue Services deliver emergency life saving work on our seas, lakes and rivers.

Ireland's Water Safety Agencies work hard to provide us with the information we need to keep safe, while enjoying all manner of water based activities.

There's no better fun than getting out on the water but being afloat is a responsibility we all need to take seriously.

These pages detail the work of the rescue agencies. We also aim to promote safety standards among pleasure boaters, and by doing so, prevent, as far as possible, the loss of life at sea and on inland waters. If you have ideas for our pages we'd love to hear from you. Please email us at [email protected]

Think Before You Sink - Wear a Lifejacket

Accidents can happen fast on water and there may not be time to reach for a lifejacket in an emergency therefore don't just carry a lifejacket - wear it; if it's not on you, it can't save your life.

Irish Water Safety's Safe Boating Alert:

Check condition of boat and equipment, hull, engine, fuel, tools, torch.

Check the weather forecast for the area.

Check locally concerning dangerous currents and strong tides.

Do not drink alcohol while setting out or during your trip.

Carry an alternative means of propulsion e.g. sails and oars or motor and oars.

Carry a first aid kit on board and distress signals (at least two parachute distress rockets, two red hand flares).

Carry a fire extinguisher, a hand bailer or bucket with lanyard and an anchor with rope attached.

Carry marine radio or some means of communication with shore.

Do not overload the boat - this will make it unstable.

Do not set out unless accompanied by an experienced person.

Leave details of your planned trip with someone ashore - including departure and arrival times, description of boat, names of persons on board, etc.

Wear a Lifejacket at all times.

Keep an eye on the weather - seek shelter in good time.

In Marine Emergencies, call 999 or 112 and ask for Marine Rescue.

Lifejackets Checklist

Ensure Cartridges have not been punctured and are secured firmly.

Ensure all zips, buckles, fasteners and webbing straps are functioning correctly and adjusted to fit the user.

Check that fitted lights are operating correctly.

Ensure that Automatic Inflation devices are fully serviced and in date.

Check that the valve or lifejacket is not leaking.

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