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Coastguard Oil Spill Equipment Tested on Belfast Lough
#marinepollution – New high-tech equipment that can be deployed anywhere in the UK to clean up oil spills is today being put to the test in Belfast Harbour. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has recently purchased two new pieces…
HSE Defends Coastguard Medevac For Islands Tourist With Broken Ankle
#Coastguard - The HSE has been criticised for deploying two Irish Coast Guard helicopters to the Aran Islands for injured woman who could have been transported to hospital by a commercial flight. The Irish Times reports that the HSE West…
Irish Coast Guard Advice to Public Over June Bank Holiday Weekend
#coastguard – The Irish Coast Guard has today issued advice to members of the public in advance of the June Bank Holiday in relation to Water Safety, Cliff Walking and other Water sports and Coastal Activities. Throughout the summer (as…
Top Award For Sligo Coastguard Chopper Crew
#Coastguard - Four members of Sligo's Irish Coast Guard helicopter crew are in Canada this week to receive a prestigious award for their efforts in the rescue of a climber from the Bluestack Mountains. As The Irish Times reports, the…
Search Continues for Man After Rowing Boat Capsizes on Lough Erne
#coastguard – A search is ongoing for a man missing in Lough Erne last night after a boat with six people onboard overturned. Belfast Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre received a 999 call at 6.15pm from a member of the public,…
Man Rescued from Boat Ablaze off Welsh Coast
#fireonboard – A man has been rescued off the West Wales coast today following a major fire on his boat. The 26ft pleasure boat is still ablaze 600 metres off Aberystwyth and Coastguards are asking all vessels in the area…
Young Boy Critical After Fall Into Sea Off Blackhead Lighthouse
#Coastguard - The Irish Times reports that a nine-year-old boy is in critical condition after falling into the sea near Blackhead lighthouse in Co Clare on Sunday 4 May. The Irish Coast Guard's Shannon-based rescue helicopter airlifted the unconscious boy…
Irish Coast Guard Christens 'Queen Of The Sky' At Shannon
#Coastguard - As the Facebook post above shows, the Irish Coast Guard has officially named the Shannon-based helicopter with the call sign Rescue 115 as Banríon na Spéire, or Queen of the Sky. The search and rescue chopper, which was…
Men Rescued From Capsized Dinghy in Firth of Clyde
#rescue – Two men have been rescued after their small dinghy overturned in the Firth of Clyde. They clung onto the hull before being swept away from the dinghy by the choppy waves. Belfast Coastguard asked a Royal Navy minesweeper on…
Coast Guard Rescues Elderly Man Stuck in Soft Sand at Morecombe
#rescue – An elderly man with a walking aid was rescued from soft sand just 50 metres off the prom in Morecombe today after he sank up to his knees. At just before 11.30 this morning Liverpool Maritime Rescue Coordination…
Killybegs Coast Guard Station Opens with State-of-the-Art Facilities
#coastguard – Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has opened the newly-built Coast Guard Station in Killybegs which provides the voluntary crew with top-class accommodation and training facilities. It's the third new Coast Guard building opened by Minister…
Canadian Canoes Swamped Crossing Strangford Lough
#canoe – An overnight trip to Salt Island ended prematurely when five Canadian canoes were swamped by waves as they crossed Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland.At just after 12 noon a member of the public called 999 to report that…
Coastguard Airlifts Injured Fisherman From Norwegian Trawler
#Coastguard - reports that the Irish Coast Guard was involved in the rescue of an injured fisherman from a Norwegian trawler hundreds of miles off the west coast in the early hours Monday (24 February). Coastguard helicopter Rescue 115…
Coast Guard Appeal to Exercise Caution During 'Red Alert' Severe Weather
#storm – Members of the public have been urged to exercise extreme caution on exposed coastal areas this afternoon as Met Éireann issues an red alert. Met Éireann has a red weather alert in force. Coastal areas will experience winds…
Joint Garda Síochána & Coast Guard Appeal for Caution During weekend Stormy Weather
#orangealert – Members of the public have been urged to heed the advice of An Garda Síochána and the Coast Guard as Met Éireann issues an orange alert for Gale warning and a yellow alert for risk of localised flooding.…
Coastguard Working Closer With HSE Says Chief
#Coastguard - The Irish Coast Guard enjoyed an eight-fold increase its work with the HSE last year, according to the service's chief. Chris Reynolds was speaking before a select sub-committee hearing at the Oireachtas last week, at which he explained…
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