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Arranmore RNLI in County Donegal launched in the early hours of this morning
RNLI Lifeboats
Arranmore RNLI in County Donegal launched in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday 19 October) to go the assistance of two sailors who got into difficulty at St John’s Point. The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch their…
The Cork Sail Training Bursary Scheme awards in Cork
Seascapes
Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of Seascapes, your maritime programme, this week we remember diver, seafarer and trade unionist Des Brannigan ; we hear from Ron Coveney at the naming ceremony of a new Atlantic 85 lifeboat to…
Castletownbere RNLI was represented at the awards by Lifeboat Operations Manager Tony O’Sullivan, Coxswain Brian O’Driscoll and crew members John Paul Downey and Kyle Cronin.
RNLI Lifeboats
The volunteer lifeboat crew from Castletownbere RNLI has been awarded a Marine Ministerial Letter of Appreciation for Meritorious Service.  The award in recognition of the crew’s ability to locate and save a life in challenging weather conditions was presented by…
Claire Sugden, The Justice Minister, meets Portush Lifeboat volunteers
RNLI Lifeboats
Claire Sugden, The Justice Minister called in on her local RNLI Lifeboat station at Portrush the weekend to pay tribute to the work they do on the North Coast. The Minister was keen to meet all the volunteers including crew,…
Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park was the venue for the 2016 National Marine Gallantry & Meritorious Service Awards
News Update
#Awards - Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross presented the National Marine Gallantry and Meritorious Service Awards 2016 at a ceremony in Farmleigh House on Friday evening (14 October) Minister Ross praised the “courageous achievements and service of…
Youghal Lifeboat Launches To Man Taken Ill On Angling Boat
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Youghal RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew were tasked yesterday morning (Saturday 15 October) in choppy waters to reports of a man taken ill on board a chartered angling vessel. At 11.30am the lifeboat launched to the location around a…
FV Oileán an Óir
Marine Warning
The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has moved to highlight a recent report published by the Marine Casualty Investigation Board of the fatal incident on board “FV Oileán an Óir” as reported on Afloat.ie The fatalities occurred due to…
Helen McFarland with her husband, Lough Swilly lifeboat crewman Francy Burns
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Buncrana man Francy Burns wed his sweetheart, Carndonagh woman Helen McFarland, last Saturday 8 October in a wedding attended by their family, friends and the volunteers with Lough Swilly RNLI. But it wasn’t all plain sailing, as after…
The ‘mystery’ paddleboarder was picked up from the English Channel on Sunday 9 October
News Update
#Rescue - A German national clad in only shorts, a fleece and a hat was rescued from the English Channel seven miles off the British coast on Sunday morning (9 October). But according to BreakingNews.ie, there have been conflicting reports…
Courtmacsherry RNLI All Weather Lifeboat crew take the Sloop in tow
RNLI Lifeboats
The Courtmacsherry RNLI All Weather Lifeboat was called out at 12.30pm this afternoon to go to the aid of a 40–foot Sailing Sloop 'in trouble' eight miles off the Old Head of Kinsale in West Cork. Coxswain Sean O'Farrell and…
Typhoon H drones could soon be spotted assisting SAR efforts across Ireland
Rescue
#Drones - Remote-piloted aircraft or ‘drones’ could revolutionise search and rescue operations around the Irish coast, as the Southern Star reports. Following a demonstration by Civil Defence Ireland to West Cork emergency services last week, the Irish Coast Guard and…
Hollywood comes to Howth Yacht Club (L-R) Maura Farrell, Anne-Marie O'Daly, Brendan Gleeson, Gerardine MacLoughlin and Maeve Derham
RNLI Lifeboats
North Dublin actor Brendan Gleeson was at Howth Yacht Club last Thursday (6 Oct 2016) for the annual RNLI Ladies Lunch in aid of Howth RNLI. The sold-out charity event was attended by 150 local ladies and raised over €8,000.…
Sligo's Irish Coast Guard SAR helicopter
Coastguard
#Coastguard - Early this morning the Sligo-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter completed the medical evacuation of an injured crewman from a large tanker some 350km off Eagle Island in Co Mayo. The overnight operation was jointly co-ordinated with the UK…
The lifeboat located the vessel at the junction of Scariff Bay on Lough Derg
RNLI Lifeboats
Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat launched to assist four people after their 34ft–cruiser ran aground by the Scilly Islands on Lough Derg today. At 1.39pm, the lifeboat launched with helm Ger Egan, Lian Knight and Delia Ho on board. Winds was east-southeasterly,…
The crew of Courtmacsherry RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Courtmacsherry RNLI's all-weather lifeboat was called out at 2.45pm yesterday afternoon (Sunday 2 October) as three divers and their support boat sought help as their vessel got into difficulties near Black Head off Kinsale. The lifeboat was quickly…
Seymour Cresswell names the new lifeboat at a ceremony in Howth yesterday
RNLI Lifeboats
Lifeboat crew, station management, fundraisers and supporters of Howth RNLI were joined by members of the public yesterday (Sunday 2 October) to officially name the North Dublin lifeboat station’s newest lifeboat Aideen Cresswell, in memory of the incredible woman who…

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There's no better fun than getting out on the water but being afloat is a responsibility we all need to take seriously.

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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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