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RNLI Lifeboats Launch Over a Thousand Times in Ireland During 2010
RNLI Lifeboats
Last year RNLI lifeboats rescued 1,094 people in Ireland, launching 1,002 times. Figures released today (Tuesday 25 January 2010) by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) show an increase of 8 per cent in the number of people brought to…
Sunken Cruiser to be Lifted in Fenit
RNLI Lifeboats
A Sealine motor cruiser that hit rocks in Tralee Bay early on Sunday morning on a run back from Ballydavid is due to be lifted on to Fenit pier this week. Eight people were rescued by Fenit lifeboat and the boat…
Bangor Lifeboat Rescues Two Canoeists
RNLI Lifeboats
Bangor Lifeboat launched at 11:40 am on Monday 24th January to rescue two canoeists from a stretch of water lying between the Copeland Island and Donaghadee known locally as the Donaghadee Sound. One of the canoeists had apparently entered the…
Two Canoeists Call for Help from Belfast Coastguard
RNLI Lifeboats
At around 11.30 this morning Belfast Coastguard were alerted to two people in distress after one of them was pitched into the water from his capsized canoe and had been struggling, without success to get back into the craft. The…
Search Underway for Missing Ferry Passenger
Coastguard
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…
Fisherman Still Missing off Cork Harbour
RNLI Lifeboats
UPDATE: Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat has launched this morning to help search for a missing person off Ringabella Bay in Cork Harbour. The alarm was raised when one fisherman managed to swim ashore shortly before 11am and alert the emergency services…
Ballycotton in Search for Missing Person
RNLI Lifeboats
Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat, Austin Lidbury, has launched to assist in a search for a missing person off Ringabella Bay, near Cork harbour. The alarm was raised when a companion swam ashore and alerted the emergency services. Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat's eta…
Campaign to Preserve NI Coastguard Service
Coastguard
Supporters of Northern Ireland's coastguard control centre have launched a campaign to prevent any reduction of its service. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre at Bangor faces the axe under proposals to streamline coastguard services across…
RNLI Bangor Lifeboat launched to Assist Crab Fishing Boat
RNLI Lifeboats
RNLI Bangor Lifeboat launched at 1:20 pm on Monday 17th January to assist 1 person aboard a 21ft crab fishing boat which had experienced gearbox mechanical failure close to shore. Within minutes of the rescue pagers being activated, volunteer crew…
Cameron Dodges Issue of Bangor Closure
Coastguard
British Prime Minister has dismissed concerns over the potential loss of Northern Ireland's Coastguard centre. The Belfast Telegraph reports that when questioned on the future of the Bangor control centre by DUP MP Jim Shannon, David Cameron replied that he…
Llandudno Lifeboat Celebrates 150 Years
RNLI Lifeboats
The 30-strong crew of Llandudno RNLI are celebrating the 150th anniversary of their branch's founding. "We are very proud to have reached this milestone," spokesman Alan Sharp told the Daily Post. Since 1861 the Llandudno lifeboat has saved 550 lives…
1,499 Lives Lost in Ten Year Tragic Tide of Drownings
Water Safety
Irish Water Safety is calling for people to be more aware of the dangers presented by water based activities and wants the general public to know that there are many reasons people drown which are not simply limited to warmer…
Coast Guard Statistics Show more than 3,500 people assisted, a 20% increase on 2009
Coastguard
Today, the Irish Coast Guard published details of incidents responded to in 2010, which show the following important trends: A total of 3,570 persons were assisted last year, a 20% increase on the 2009 figure. Total number of incidents responded to…
Portaferry RNLI Rescues Four from Fishing Vessel
RNLI Lifeboats
The Portaferry RNLI lifeboat was involved in the rescue of four men from a fishing boat that ran aground off the coast last Monday evening, the Belfast Telegraph reports. The lifeboat aling with the Portaferry and Newcastle Coastguard and and…
Coast Guard Rescues Woman in Clontarf
Coastguard
A Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched to rescue a woman from the water close to Bull Bridge in Clontarf on Sunday night, The Irish Times reports. http://news.ie.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=155746525 Four Coast Guard search teams were deployed to the area after a passer-by…
Fishermen Rescued From Sinking Vessel off Ardglass
Coastguard
Four fishermen have been rescued last night from a 58 foot wooden Fishing Vessel 'Karen', after hitting rocks near the entrance to Ardglass Harbour and taking on water. The crew of the Fishing vessel had prepared their liferaft, as the…

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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