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Latest Safety Stories
The deck and bulwarks of Michael O’Brien’s boat Bluebird II, which was found empty the evening before his remains were recovered
MCIB
#WaterSafety - The dangers of boating without proper safety equipment have been raised by a report into the death of an angler who went overboard from his vessel off West Cork last summer. The body of Michael O’Brien was recovered…
A Whiterocks lifeguard cleans graffiti from the vandalised beach unit
Coastal Notes
#Vandalism - Vandals have caused an estimated £800 (€900) worth of damage to an RNLI lifeguard unit at Whiterocks on the Causeway Coast. Following two of the busiest days of the summer season so far in Northern Ireland, the RNLI…
One of the two passengers who entered the water holds onto the end of the gangway of the Rose of Aran before his rescue in the incident on 6 June 2016
MCIB
#MCIB - Lack of safety management contributed to an incident in which two people fell into the water while disembarking from a ferry at Inis Oírr Pier last summer. That’s according to the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) report on…
Carrybridge RNLI
RNLI Lifeboats
Carrybridge RNLI in County Fermanagh launched this morning in response to a report of a gas explosion on a vessel at a marina in Carrybridge. The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch both their inshore lifeboat and Rescue Water…
The Instructors RIB involved in the fatal accident in Centerport, NY
RIBs
We know that RIB crews and Instructors in our Junior Sailing Programmes are given the most rigorous training in safety writes W M Nixon. Yet over the years who hasn’t occasionally seen an outboard-driven RIB being treated as though it’s…
Newcastle RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Eliza
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Newcastle RNLI was involved in a major air, sea and land search at Tyrella on the Co Down coast last night (Monday 17 July) after walkers reported seeing someone struggling in the sea. Newcastle RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Eliza…
Lough Ree’s inshore lifeboat approaches the upturned Fireball and its two sailors
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Lough Ree RNLI was called to assist two sailors when their 17ft Fireball dinghy was holed and began to sink on Lough Ree on Saturday evening (15 July). The crew of Lough Ree lifeboat The Eric Rowse were…
Emergency personnel removing the injured cyclist from the rocky beach more than 12 feet below the Coast Road to Ballygally
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Larne RNLI was involved in a multi-agency rescue yesterday afternoon (Sunday 16 July) after a cyclist fell between as much as 15 feet from the Coast Road north of Ballygally in Co Antrim. The volunteer crew were requested…
Bundoran RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Rescue
#Rescue - Bundoran RNLI is reminding anyone planning a trip to the coast this summer to be mindful of the dangers of rip currents that can quickly sweep you out to sea. The advice comes as Bundoran’s volunteer lifeboat crew…
Baltimore RNLI's inshore lifeboat
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Baltimore RNLI assisted two sailors yesterday afternoon (Friday 14 July) after their motorboat broke down off the coast of West Cork. The volunteer crew was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat at 2.25pm following a report from the…
Rescue 116 pictured over Wicklow in August 2015
Coastguard
#Rescue116 - Favourable conditions this weekend will aid a fresh search of the waters around Black Rock for the two Irish Coast Guard personnel still missing after the Rescue 116 tragedy four months ago. Winch operator Paul Ormsby and winchman…
A lion’s mane jellyfish in Newfoundland, Canada
Dublin Bay
#Jellyfish - Swimmers have been warned away from Seapoint and Sandycove on the south shores of Dublin Bay after sightings of potentially dangerous lion’s mane jellyfish in the water. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has put up warning signs in the…
Data on the island off Co Mayo was missing from Rescue 116’s Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System, or EGPWS
Coastguard
#Rescue116 - A new report reveals that the absence of data on Black Rock from Rescue 116’s onboard warning system was flagged with the Irish Coast Guard’s helicopter operators years before the fatal crash earlier this year. Captains Dara Fitzpatrick…
Union Hall RNLI attaches a towline to the stricken yacht
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Union Hall RNLI went to the aid of a yacht with two people onboard yesterday evening (Thursday 13 July) after the vessel got into difficulty half a mile east of Castlehaven Harbour in West Cork.The volunteer lifeboat crew…
Red Bay’s inshore lifeboat attending the scene at Fair Head on the North Antrim coast
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Red Bay RNLI rescued a woman who fell while climbing Fair Head in Co Antrim yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 12 July). The volunteer crew launched their inshore lifeboat around 2pm following a request from Belfast Coastguard to go to…
From right to left; Dun Laoghaire Trent Class Lifeboat, RNLB Anna Livia 14-05 (ON-1200) ex RNLB "Joseph Soar (Civil Service No. 34)" ON-971, ex RNLB "J W Archer" ON-933 and ex RNLB"Harold Salvesen" ON-1022
RNLI Lifeboats
In this bicentenary year of Dun Laoghaire harbour, the visit from three vintage lifeboats to Dun Laoghaire at the weekend served to highlight the RNLI's contribution to lifesaving from Dun Laoghaire Harbour since 1861 and also to celebrate the lifeboat…

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 webeditor@afloat.ie

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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