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Dun Laoghaire Coastguard on scene at Dalkey Island in the search for people stranded at the Muglins Rocks
RNLI Lifeboats
It was a busy afternoon for Dun Laoghaire All-Weather RNLI lifeboat, Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard and Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 116 woh responded to a calls with good intent as southerly winds are gusting over 50 knots on Dublin Bay today.…
Helvick Head Lifeboat Crew Rescue Man From Water After Pier Car Crash
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Helvick Head RNLI rescued a man who got into difficulty in the water at Helvick Pier early this morning (Sunday 11 September). The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat at 7.12am following a report…
Galway Bay
Fishing
The death in hospital of a lone fisherman after a tragic accident in Galway Bay on Wednesday moved Pierce Purcell of Galway Bay Sailing Club to post these thoughts yesterday to his fellow GBSC members, and he has forwarded them…
Wicklow RNLI assists two sailors and their 10m ketch with steering issues
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Wicklow RNLI's all-weather lifeboat launched at 5.32am yesterday morning (Wednesday 7 September) after the Irish Coast Guard received a call for assistance from a yacht in difficulties off the Wicklow coast. The 10m British ketch, with two people…
MV Cielo di Monaco
MCIB
#MCIB - Poor mooring configuration and adherence to safety procedures have been identified as main factors in the interim report on an incident involving a 'handy size' bulker at Greenore Port last year. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the MV Cielo…
Lough Derg RNLI's inshore lifeboat
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Lough Derg RNLI was requested to launch by Valentia Coast Guard yesterday evening (Sunday 4 September) to assist a fisherman whose boat was wedged inside a rocky shoal. At 5.50pm, the inshore lifeboat launched with helm Eleanor Hooker,…
The All-Weather lifeboat was alongside for onboard tours all afternoon
RNLI Lifeboats
Crowds tuned out in Dun Laoghaire this afternoon for the RNLI Station Open Day on the Carlise Pier. Lifeboat tours ran from 11.30am to 4pm. The Irish Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter 116 landed on the Carlisle Pier in an SAR demonstration…
National Marine Gallantry and Meritorious Service Awards presented by the then Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donoghue held in Farmleigh House in Dublin. Pic shows Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donoghue with Mr Jim Griffin who received the Marine Ministerial Letter of Appreciation for Meritorious Service For acting on his initiative in realising that he was the nearest trained asset to assist with rescuing 7 people at Tramore Bay in August 2013 who were cut-off by the tide
News Update
Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport is inviting nominations in respect of the National Marine Gallantry and Meritorious Service Awards 2016. The purpose of this awards scheme is to recognise outstanding acts of courage, heroism, skill and initiative in the…
Wicklow Lifeboat Assists Whelk Trawler In Morning Callout
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Wicklow's all-weather lifeboat Annie Blaker launched at 7.30am yesterday morning (Saturday 3 September) to assist a fishing vessel four miles offshore. The RNLI lifeboat, under the command of coxswain Nick Keogh, was alongside the stricken vessel 18 minutes…
Youghal's new lifeboat, an Atlantic 85 is the latest version of the B class
RNLI Lifeboats
A new Atlantic 85 lifeboat for Youghal RNLI is to be officially named Gordon and Phil during a ceremony at the lifeboat station in the Cork seaside resort town at 1pm on Saturday 10 September. The lifeboat which went on…
Crosshaven Atlantic 85 RNLI Lifeboat
RNLI Lifeboats
A new Atlantic 85 lifeboat for Crosshaven RNLI is to be officially named John and Janet during a ceremony at the Cork lifeboat station at 2pm on Sunday 11 September. The lifeboat which went on service in June this year…
The tsunameter being deployed near the M4 buoy
Marine Warning
#MarineNotice - The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) advises that marine scientists from the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies (DIAS) are deploying a tsunameter close to the new location of the M4 weather…
FV Oileán an Óir
MCIB
#MCIB - Two fishing crew died after exposure to toxic gases that were not detected within their trawler's refrigeration system, according to the official findings on the incident in Killybegs a year ago. The new report from the Maritime Casualty…
Aberystwyth RNLI take the runaway speedboat under tow
News Update
#IrishSea - A man has died after going overboard from a speedboat in the Irish Sea off Aberystwyth in West Wales yesterday morning (Wednesday 31 August). Aberystwyth RNLI launched its Atlantic class lifeboat at 9.30am to reports of an empty…
Crosshaven RNLI Lifeboat in Cork Harbour was requested to launch yesterday evening at 9.45pm
RNLI Lifeboats
Crosshaven RNLI Lifeboat in Cork Harbour was requested to launch yesterday evening at 9.45pm to reports of a speedboat broken down and adrift approximately one km south west of Trabolgan. In calm conditions with a slight sea,the volunteer crew, under the command…
The FV Napier before it was lost in a sudden flooding incident of the Saltee Islands on 30 January 2014
Fishing
#Fishing - The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport reminds fishing vessel operators to monitor their bilge spaces prior, during and after voyages. It is also essential that bilge alarms are tested regularly, to determine…

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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