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Newcastle RNLI assisting the grounded yacht at Ardglass Marina in the early hours of Wednesday morning
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Newcastle RNLI volunteer crews were woken by their pagers at 3.34am yesterday morning (Wednesday 26 July) after a lone yachtsman ran aground at the mouth of Ardglass Marina in Co Down. The all-weather lifeboat Eleanor and Bryant Girling…
Clifden RNLI’s lifeboats on exercise
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Clifden RNLI launched their inshore and all-weather lifeboats on Tuesday night (27 July) to reports of a pleasure boat in difficulty east of Davillaun Island. The eight people on board had been to Inishbofin for the day and were returning…
Baltimore lifeboat escorted the vessel back to Galley Cove
RNLI Lifeboats
Baltimore RNLI was launched this afternoon (Tuesday 25 July) to locate a vessel which had become lost in fog off the coast of West Cork. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat following a request from the Irish Coast…
The teenage girl is lifted to safety by Coleraine Coastguard’s rope rescue specialist
Rescue
#Rescue - Coleraine Coastguard rescued a teenage girl who was stranded at the base of a 100ft cliff at Castlerock yesterday evening (Monday 24 July). The coastguard rescue team was tasked to Castlerock following a report of two girls cut…
Patsy Kelly’s lobster boat Loch Corrib II pictured at Ballinacourty pier a month after the incident
MCIB
#MCIB - Marine investigators have recommended that fishermen be reminded of best practice for wearing PFDs while on the water. That’s the main recommendation from the Marine Casualty Investigation Board’s (MCIB) report on an incident in Galway Bay last September…
Rescue For Girl Swept Out To Sea In Donegal
Rescue
#Rescue - Malin Head Coast Guard has issued a warning over changing tides after a series of rescues off the Donegal coast yesterday (Sunday 23 July). The most serious of these involved a six-year-old girl whose inflatable was swept out…
Baltimore's RNLI Inshore Lifeboat
RNLI Lifeboats
Baltimore RNLI carried out a medical evacuation yesterday afternoon (Sunday 23 July) after a man sustained injuries while on a visit to Sherkin Island off the coast of West Cork. The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch their inshore…
Chris Collins, Aodh O'Donnell and Martin Limrick of the Union Hall lifeboat crew
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Union Hall RNLI were alerted by Valentia Coast Guard at 3.24pm yesterday (Saturday 22) to a report of a 30ft yacht with two sailors gone aground at the middle danger in Glandore Harbour, West Cork. The lifeboat launched…
Ballycotton RNLI tows a stricken yacht back to Cork in one of the lifeboat station’s longest ever callouts
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Ballycotton RNLI launched their all-weather lifeboat yesterday morning (Saturday 22 July) following a request from Falmouth coastguard, who reported the activation of an emergency beacon some 60 miles off the Cork coast. The three-person crew of a 40ft…
Lough Derg RNLI tow the cruiser
RNLI Lifeboats
On Saturday July 22, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNL to assist two people and their dog after their 38ft cruiser ran aground at Ryan’s Point, on the eastern shore of Lough Derg. At 2.35pm the lifeboat was launched…
Larne RNLI’s crew launching their inshore lifeboat Terry
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Larne RNLI encourages the public to always call for help if they believe someone is in trouble on the coast, following a callout this week that turned out to be a false alarm. The Larne volunteer crew launched…
Brian Conville from Dublin and Joseph Gagnon from Canada were rescued by the Waterford-based coastguard helicopter this afternoon
Rowing
#Rowing - Dubliner Brian Conville is recovering in Tralee Hospital after being rescued by the Irish Coast Guard about 160 miles off Mizen Head this afternoon, writes Tom MacSweeney. Experienced offshore rower Conville, 25 — who last year crossed the…
Irish Lights aids to navigation tender ILV Granuaile seen slowing moving astern within her homeport of Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Lighthouses
#Rescue116 - The Commissioners of Irish Lights aids to navigation tender ILV Granuaile is to carry out a four-day ROV search operation beginning this weekend at the site of the Rescue 116 helicopter crash off Black Rock Lighthouse.  The ILV…
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…

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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