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Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government with 'Seiko Just In Time Award' recipients Sergeant Kieran O Regan, Gardai Claire Murphy, Mark Holden, Kieran Hayes (Tipperary) and Martin O'Sullivan, Chairman of Irish Water Safety at the annual Irish Water Safety Awards held at Dublin Castle.
Water Safety
Thirty-two lives were saved from drowning through the brave actions of forty-seven rescuers who will receive recognition at Irish Water Safety's National Annual Awards Ceremony at the Print Works Conference Centre, Dublin Castle on Tuesday 8th November, from 3pm to…
Derval O’Rourke joined RNLI volunteers at the launch of 2016’s Reindeer Runs
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - The RNLI’s festive Reindeer Runs are back in three locations in Cork and Dublin. And the charity that saves lives at sea is encouraging families to come out, get involved and get moving for a great cause. Renowned…
Skerries lifeboat crew rescues two swimmers from the water off Colt Island on Hallowe'en afternoon
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Skerries RNLI responded yesterday afternoon (31 October) to reports of swimmers in difficulty to the south of Colt Island off the north Co Dublin town. Shortly after 12 noon, a member of the local fishing fleet alerted Dublin…
Dolphins accompany Howth's Coastguard RIB
Coastguard
The Howth–based Coast Guard boat “Sean A Dunne” was joined by some unexpected visitors today in the form of a school of Bottlenose Dolphins. The Coast Guard crew of four from Howth station were on routine exercise in the Irish…
At the National Yacht Club's fish supper in aid of the RNLI are from from right to left are Rita O'Reilly, Ken Robinson, Pamela Bell and Emma Robinson
National YC
Dun Laoghaire RNLI Lifeboat hosted a fundraising Fish Supper at the National Yacht Club last Friday where €1,000 was raised. The RNLI Fish Supper initiative, is an annual charity fundraising event to support the RNLI's lifesaving work. 
Fractures to the starboard bulwark of the Cara Rose recovered after the incident in September 2015
MCIB
#MCIB - Small fishing craft used for non-commercial potting must comply with the code of practice for recreational craft, investigators have warned in their report on the death of a fisherman in an incident off the Mayo coast last year.…
There were four Bar to Gold badges, one of which was awarded posthumously to John Charleton from the Kilkeel Branch. Lynda Davidson from the Donaghadee Fundraising Branch, Margaret Nicholson from the Kilkeel Branch and Aileen Smyth from the Donaghadee Ladies’ Guild were also awarded.   The Honorary Life Governorship awards went to Eveleigh Brownlow from Portaferry and District Guild and Elenore Huston from the Coleraine/Castlerock Branch.   The long service awards in recognition of 20 years volunteering commitment went to Jeffrey Bell from Larne RNLI, Gregory McDaid from Lough Swilly RNLI, Raymond Newell from Kilkeel RNLI and Simon Rogers from Portaferry RNLI. Morrris McBride from Kilkeel RNLI and Shane McNamara from Donaghadee RNLI were recognised with a 30 year Bar to Long Service badge.
RNLI Lifeboats
RNLI volunteers have been honoured at the charity’s annual presentation of awards in Northern Ireland. The event which was staged at the Belfast Harbour Commissioner’s Office on Friday night (21 October) honoured 21 awardees recognising their dedication and commitment to…
The inshore lifeboat retrieve the stricken Jet-Ski
RNLI Lifeboats
Howth RNLI rescued a man who got into difficulty on a jet ski this afternoon and ended up in the water east of Ireland’s Eye. The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch both their inshore and all-weather lifeboats at…
Waves breaking on the East Pier in Howth today
Coastguard
This afternoon at 3.30pm the Irish Coast Guard emergency operations centre in Dublin received a call reporting a missing jet skier. The Coast Guard team in Howth, Coast Guard Rescue 116 Helicopter and the Howth RNLI lifeboats were immediately tasked.…
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…

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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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