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Concern for RIB on Passage from Rathlin to Bangor
Rescue
Belfast Coastguard spent two hours this evening trying to locate a missing RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) after it was reported leaving Rathlin in very poor weather conditions with four people on board, HM Coastguard report. Concern for the occupants of…
Lifeboat Launches for Swimmer in Difficulty on Dublin Bay
RNLI Lifeboats
A swimmer in difficulty was brought to safety at lunchtime today by the RNLI inshore lifeboat from Dun Laoghaire when a large swell caused problems at the popular 40-foot bathing-place at Sandycove, Co. Dublin. The incident occurred when the female swimmer was…
Drifting Yacht Starts Shannon Search And Rescue Operation
Coastguard
A Shannon Estuary search and rescue operation was mounted early yesterday (Wednesday) after a yacht was reported adrift and at risk of entering a busy shipping and ferry lane. The alarm was raised shortly after 8.30am after a member of…
 Dun Laoghaire Yacht Theft - Watch Out, Thieves About!
Marine Warning
The boating community has been alerted to a recent theft from a boat at Dun Laoghaire marina. Boaters have been asked to keep an eye out for 'suspicious characters purveying marine equipment. It is understood a 54ft yacht was broken into…
Two Men Rescued from Welsh Cliffs
Coastguard
Two men, who became stranded on an Irish sea beach at the bottom of cliffs due to heavy sea conditions, have been recovered by Welsh coastguard rescue officers. Milford Haven Coastguard received a 999 call at 7.15 pm this evening…
Helicopter Rescues Man Who Fell off Howth Head
Coastguard
A man who was critically injured when he fell 100ft off a cliff in Howth has been rescued by the Coastguard helicopter. At 17.30 this evening Howth Coast Guard were requested by Gardai to assist with the search for a…
Galway Lifeboat Rescues Person Stranded near Hare Island
RNLI Lifeboats
Galway RNLI lifeboat went to the rescue of a person reported to be stranded in rising waters between Hare Island and Ballyloughane Beach, Renmore on Wednesday afternoon (29 September). A member of the public rang the Irish Coastguard to report…
Howth Lifeboat Rescues Drowning Woman
RNLI Lifeboats
The crew of Howth RNLI rescued a woman from drowning off the coast of Portrane this week (Monday). The Lifeboat crew had been out on exercise when they spotted the 31 year old female struggling above the waves. She had…
Fenit Name New Lifeboat in Memory of Bangor Couple
RNLI Lifeboats
A brand new RNLI inshore lifeboat was officially named 'Bradley and Sonya' during a moving ceremony on Saturday 25th September at Fenit which is located on north side of Tralee Bay on the far south west coast of Ireland. The…
New Tamar-Class Lifeboat: A First for RNLI in Ireland
RNLI Lifeboats
Next month sees the introduction of the first RNLI Tamar-class lifeboat to enter service at an Irish lifeboat station, writes Jehan Ashmore. Costing €3m, the RNLB Killarney is to be stationed in Kilmore Quay. The new vessel is expected to…
Enniskillen and Baltimore Busiest Irish Lifeboats, Launching Five Times a Day in Summer
RNLI Lifeboats
Preliminary figures* for summer 2010, issued today (22 September) by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), show the charity's Irish lifeboats launched on average five times every day during June, July and August. RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch 450…
Crew Man Fell Overboard from 'Alma Amy' and Died-Report
MCIB
The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) has published its Report of Investigation into the Loss of a Crewmember Overboard from the MFV "Alma Amy" on 17th October 2007. The report found that on Wednesday 17th October 2007 Mr. Marijus Rudakov…
Fenit RNLI to name new D Class Lifeboat after Bangor Couple
RNLI Lifeboats
A special naming and dedication ceremony will be held this Saturday (25 September 2010) at 3.00pm when volunteer lifeboat crew and supporters with Fenit RNLI lifeboat station in Kerry will gather to name their new IB1 lifeboat Bradley and Sonya. …
HM Coastguard Wins GAA Match
Coastguard

HM Coastguard Wins GAA Match

20th September 2010
You know they'll always be there when you need them, but some of the guys from HM Coastguard serving County Down had the opportunity recently to talents of a different kind as they took part in the fifth annual Security…
Portrush Lifeboat Station Celebrates 150 years
RNLI Lifeboats
A service of thanksgiving marked the start of a year of events to celebrate Portrush Lifeboat Station's 150 years of saving lives at sea. The volunteer lifeboat crewmembers, fundraisers and supporters held a service in Portrush with the Inshore Boat…
Free Lifejacket Check in Dun Laoghaire Today
RNLI Lifeboats
With the summer boating season coming to a close, the RNLI’s Sea Safety team is back in Dun Laoghaire this morning and people who use the water are being invited to get their lifejackets checked out for free and find…

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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