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Dublin Rescue Helicopter In Christmas Eve Medevac
#Coastguard - The Howth unit of the Irish Coast Guard reports that it was tasked to assist the Dublin-based rescue helicopter with a medical evacuation landing on Christmas Eve. Rescue 116 landed at the OBI fire brigade training college on…
Belfast Coastguard Short-Staffing Raises Concerns
#Coastguard - Belfast Coastguard was staffed "at below risk assessed levels" on eight separate occasions last month, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. The upsetting news was revealed by Britain's Transport Minister Stephen Hammon in response to a parliamentary question on…
Christmas Carol Could Save Your Life, Says Coastguard
#coastguard – Her Majesty's Coastguard is giving you the gift of safety this Christmas. Coastguards have produced their very own Christmas carol video, with 12 top safety tips Last year, Coastguards dealt with 430 search and rescue incidents over the Christmas…
End Of An Era As Irish Coast Guard's Last S61 Retires
#Coastguard - It was the end of an era yesterday (10 December) as the last remaining Sikorsky S61 search and rescue (SAR) helicopter in the Irish Coast Guard fleet stood its final SAR watch since services began in 1991 and…
Irish Coast Guard Helicopters Trialled As Air Ambulances
#Coastguard - The Irish Coast Guard's rescue helicopter fleet is being utilised on a trial basis as an air ambulance service, as RTÉ's Morning Ireland reports. The new fleet of Sikorsky S92 choppers will do double duty as a Helicopter…
Light Aircraft Ditches in Lough Erne
#coastguard – At 4.30pm tonight the Belfast Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre was advised by Shannon Air Traffic Control that a light aircraft with two people on board was about to ditch in the Loch Erne area due to low oil pressure.…
Irish Coastguard Helicopter Scrambled In Search for Two Men off Ballycastle
#coastguard – Belfast Coastguard were contacted in the early hours of this morning by the police, following a call they had received from a concerned hotel proprietor whose two male occupants had gone out walking in the Ballycastle area and…
Coast Guard Advises Caution as Met Éireann Issues Gale Warning
#coastguard –  The Coast Guard advises the public to be careful on exposed westerly coasts, cliffs, piers, harbour walls, beaches, and promenades this weekend especially Sunday due to forecasted strong gale force westerly winds. Met Éireann has a gale warning…
Coastguard Locates Stricken Irish Sea Vessel & Tows to Safety
#coastguard – A vessel that first reported suffering steering problems off the south west of Scotland early this afternoon has now been found and towed to safety.Liverpool Coastguard received a 999 call from one of the two people on board…
Merseyside Man Wins Maritime & Coastguard Agency Trainee Officer of the Year
#coastguard – A 21-year-old man from Crosby, Merseyside, has been awarded this year's UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Trainee Officer of the Year award. Philip Cave, from Fleetwood Nautical College, whose training company is Princess Cruises, has been recognised…
HM Coastguard Modernisation Programme Announced
#coastguard – The timetable for completing the modernisation of Her Majesty's Coastguard has been announced. The new national network is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015, with the National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) operating from autumn 2014.…
Fisherman Rescued By Portaferry Lifeboat After Boat Capsizes off South Rock
#capsize – A man has been taken to hospital after his fishing boat capsized near South Rock, Northern Ireland. Belfast Coastguard received a Mayday call at around 12:30pm today from the man on board the boat, who reported it was…
Belfast Coastguard Search for Missing Fisherman off Portrush
#coastguard – At 4.05pm yesterday Belfast Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre received a 999 emergency call from a member of the public who had witnessed a shore based fisherman entering the water at Ramore Head, Portrush. Belfast Coastguard immediately requested helicopter…
Coast Guard Warning on Jet Ski Dangers
#coastguard – HM Coastguard is again warning people of the dangers of jet skis and personal watercraft (PWC) after a busy summer in North Wales. Between 1 May and 1 September this year, Holyhead Coastguard dealt with almost 30 incidents…
First For Coastguard As All-Female Crew Pilots Shannon Rescue Chopper
#Coastguard - Last Friday 9 August, the Shannon-based search and rescue helicopter Rescue 115 flew its first missions with an all-female flight crew in pilot Captain Dara Fitzpatrick and co-pilot Captain Carmel Kirby.   Capt Fitzpatrick is the chief pilot…
Government Approve Merger of Irish Coast Guard and Marine Survey Office
#Coastguard - Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has met with cabinet approval to the re-organisation of maritime safety and marine emergency which will combine the Irish Coast Guard (ICG) and Marine Survey Office (MSO). According to today's Irish Times, the…

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