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Penning Says Meeting with Bangor Coastguard Staff Clears Air
Coastguard
UK Shipping Minister Mike Penning described his meeting with Bangor coastguard staff last week as "a breath of fresh air", BBC News reports. Last Wednesday Penning met staff at Northern Ireland's only coastguard centre, which is threatened with closure under…
Spending the Day with the Howth Coast Guard
Coastguard
The Government news service MerrionStreet.ie recently paid a visit to the Howth Coast Guard unit to see some of its 24 volunteers train on the water and cliffs. Cliff rescue forms a major part of the work done by…
Coast Guard National Courage Awardees Attend Brimingham's St. Patricks Parade
Coastguard
Achill Coast Guard Unit, (recipients of a National Courage Award in November 2010) will this weekend be honoured as part of the festivities for the third largest St. Patricks Parade in the world (in Birmingham, UK). The Unit were invited…
Bangor Locals Confront Officials Over Coastguard Centre Closure
Coastguard
Bangor locals came face-to-face with officials from the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) over the proposals to close Northern Ireland's only full-time sea rescue base. The Belfast Telegraph reports that MCA bosses were loudly heckled when they tried to…
Coastguard Calls for Doolin Pier Go-Ahead
Coastguard
The Doolin Coast Guard Unit has urged Clare County Council to continue its €6 million development plan for Doolin Point. The pier plan has faced opposition from surfers who argue that the development will ruin the popular waves in the…
Coast Guard Hits Out Over Search & Rescue Deal Reports
Coastguard
The Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) has lashed out over newspaper articles on the recent €500m deal with CHC Ireland to provide search and rescue services. The it was recently reported in an Irish newspaper that Fine Gael TD Fergus O'Dowd…
Public Meeting in Belfast on Coastguard Modernisation Proposals
Coastguard
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is holding a public meeting in Belfast on Thursday 3rd March 2011, about the proposed Coastguard modernisation programme. The meeting will provide an opportunity for the community around the existing Belfast Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre…
Missing 18-Year Old Found After Two Hour Search in Bangor
Coastguard
A search for a missing 18 year old boy that was launched after his friends feared he had fallen from Central Pier was stood down at 01.50 this morning after he was found hiding in the crew accommodation of a…
Coastguard Assists Mourne Rescue Team
Coastguard
Belfast coastguard responded to two requests assisting the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team on Saturday, BYM Marine & Maritime News reports. http://www.bymnews.com/news/newsDetails.php?id=82065 The first followed reports of an injured walker in the Glen River Valley around 2pm. Helicopter assistance was stood…
Bangor Closure 'Will Not Diminish Safety' Says MCA Chief
Coastguard
Proposals to close Northern Ireland's only coastguard control centre "will not diminish safety" at sea, according to the head of the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The Irish Independent reports that Vice-Admiral Sir Alan Massey insisted coastal emergency services would…
Search and Rescue Deal Under Question
Coastguard
The Irish Coast Guard's recent €500m deal with CHC Ireland to provide search and rescue services should be investigated, a Fine Gael TD has urged. According to the Irish Independent, Fergus O'Dowd is questioning the deal after receiving documents under…
Body Found in Galway Bay
Coastguard

Body Found in Galway Bay

15th February 2011
The body of a man was found yesterday on an uninhabited island in Galway Bay, according to RTÉ News. http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/0214/body.html The body was discovered on the shoreline of Rabbit Island, close to the entrance to Galway Harbour, by a coastguard…
Answers Demanded Over Bangor Closure Proposals
Coastguard
Local people will voice their opposition to the proposed closure of Northern Ireland's only coastguard rescue base at a public meeting with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) next month, the Belfast Telegraph reports. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/coastguard-threat-minister-faces-a-stormy-reception-15081748.html Supporters of the Bangor facility,…
Uk Coastguard Announces Public Meeetings to Discuss Modernising Service
Coastguard
The UKs Maritime and Coastguard Agency today have announced a series of public meetings concerning the proposed Coastguard modernisation programme. The dates and venues for these meetings are listed below. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity…
Coast Guard Gets Air Ambulance Status
Coastguard
Helicopter crews with the Irish Coast Guard have been awarded full air ambulance status more than a year ahead of schedule, The Irish Times reports. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0207/1224289182601.html Under the upgrade, there will be at least one trained paramedic on board any…
Bangor 'Not On Original List' of Coastguard Centre Closures
Coastguard
Northern Ireland’s only coastguard base was not originally among a list of those earmarked for closure, the Belfast Telegraph reports. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/minister-targets-northern-irelands-coastguards-15072171.html However the Bangor facility was added to the list after a "personal intervention" from UK Shipping Minister Mike Penning.…

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