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Coast Guard Hits Out Over Search & Rescue Deal Reports
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
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
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
Belfast coastguard responded to two requests assisting the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team on Saturday, BYM Marine & Maritime News reports. 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
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
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

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. 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
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. Supporters of the Bangor facility,…
Uk Coastguard Announces Public Meeetings to Discuss Modernising Service
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
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. Under the upgrade, there will be at least one trained paramedic on board any…
Bangor 'Not On Original List' of Coastguard Centre Closures
Northern Ireland’s only coastguard base was not originally among a list of those earmarked for closure, the Belfast Telegraph reports. However the Bangor facility was added to the list after a "personal intervention" from UK Shipping Minister Mike Penning.…
Search and Rescue Services Firm Reports Loss
The Canadian company that provides search and rescue helicopter services for the Coast Guard has reported a €1.5 million operating loss in the 2009-2010 fiscal year, according to the Irish Independent. CHC Ireland, the local division of the world's…
Flare Sightings Prompt Kilkeel Search
A search coordinated by Belfast Coastguard that was prompted by several reports of sightings of red flares at the mouth of Carlingford Lough was stood down last evening after nothing was found. The first sightings of the red flares came…
Coast Guard Appeals Over Chinese Lanterns
The Coast Guard has appealed the public to notify them before lighting and releasing Chinese lanterns. The lanterns have been a regular sight in the night sky since the beginning of the year, but can resemble emergency flares when they…
New Blog with Streaming Search and Rescue Audio
A new blog has been setup by fans of Irish SAR teams that has the latest SAR info and live audio streams of marine band comms. The latest rescue updates are available on the Twitter hashtag #ircg and the Blog site…
Search Underway for Missing Ferry Passenger
Clyde Coastguard are currently co-ordinating a search for a missing male passenger after they were reported missing by a coach driver when the ferry, the 'European Highlander', docked at Cairnryan in Scotland after travelling from Larne in Northern Ireland. The…

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