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RNLI Volunteer Peter Byrne participated in his first callout as Wicklow all-weather lifeboat launched shortly after 10:05 pm on Wednesday night (15 July), after a member of the public reported seeing a windsurfer having problems getting ashore near Brittas Bay beach as darkness fell.

As the lifeboat proceeded south to the last known reported position, more information was relayed from the Coast Guard and it was confirmed that the craft was, in fact, a trimaran.

The lifeboat was on scene at 10:23 pm and began a search, conditions in the area were calm with good visibility. At 10:35 pm contact was made with a solo sailor on a 16-foot trimaran near Potter’s Point. He had secured his boat on the beach and was waiting for the tide to turn before resuming passage north and no assistance was required.

Once Coxswain Nick Keogh was satisfied the sailor required no further assistance, the lifeboat was stood down by the Coast Guard and returned to station.

Following the call out, Wicklow RNLI Press Officer Tommy Dover said: ‘We would like to commend the vigilant member of the public who contacted the Coast Guard, fortunately, the sailor did not require assistance.’

The crew on the callout were Coxswain Nick Keogh, Mechanic Brendan Copeland, Tommy MacAulay, Graham Fitzgerald, Connie ‘O Gara and Peter Byrne.

Published in RNLI Lifeboats

A Sowerby’s beaked whale — of a marine wildlife species rarely sighted in Irish waters — has died after getting into distress in Wicklow Harbour, as The Irish Times reports.

According to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG), the male whale stranded near Wicklow Sailing Club after losing its bearings yesterday morning, Saturday 4 July.

Sowerby’s beaked whales are one of four out of 22 beaked whale species known to be in Irish waters. They normally inhabit deep waters below 200 metres in the North Atlantic, and are rarely seen by humans.

“From the outset it appeared to be in poor health, appearing disorientated and having difficulty moving. Therefore, it would not have been a candidate for refloating,” the IWDG said in a statement on Facebook.

“Euthanasia is also extremely difficult in these circumstances due to the large size of the animal as well as public safety concerns.”

The whale will be recovered for a full post-mortem to try and “to find out more about the life of these rare and enigmatic whales”, said IWDG chief executive Dr Simon Berrow.

Ten months ago a Sowerby’s beaked whale stranded on a beach near Helvick Head in Co Waterford. While it was refloated twice by local lifeboat volunteers, it was thought unlikely to survive.

Published in Marine Wildlife

Round Ireland Yacht Race organisers are hoping that the package of measures announced by Marine Minister Michael Creed for Wicklow Harbour last week will be in place for the biennial race that starts in 12 weeks time.

Wicklow harbour was awarded €95, 000 for upgrading work on its piers as part of a €3.1m package to assist 10 coastal local authorities in 58 development and repair projects.

€33,750 has been allocated for the upgrading of existing and installation of new ladders with handrails along the North and South Quay.

€61,875 has also been provided for minor improvement works at Wicklow's East Pier to include the installation of vertical rubber fenders; Installation of LED lighting; Replacement of damaged railings and installation of new railing at certain points. There is a provision of power and water points; improvements to steps leading to the water at the top of the Packet Pier and lifeboat end; Installation of three new ladders; Installation of two to three small bollards between existing bollards to increase capacity/ reduce crossover.

The race starts from Wicklow on August 22nd and already has 39 entries registered.

Published in Round Ireland

#RNLI - Wicklow RNLI expressed their concern for the family of a man missing in the Wicklow Harbour area since Tuesday (27 December).

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, a multi-agency response was launched on Tuesday morning after the man, said to be in his 40s or 50s, was reported missing when his clothes were found in the harbour.

Wicklow’s inshore and all-weather lifeboats joined Garda and Irish Coast Guard units in a co-ordinated search from Six Mile Point to Wicklow Harbour and south to Brittas Bay.

The multi-agency operation also involved Civil Defence, the Irish Underwater Search and Recovery Unit and volunteer divers from Wicklow Sub Aqua Club.

Speaking after the search operation, Wicklow RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer Tommy Dover said: “Our volunteer crews were tasked by the coastguard to assist with the search over three days; they undertook extensive searches of the shore line and out to sea and completed the final sweep of the area as light faded on Thursday evening.

“Unfortunately the person was not located, and our thoughts are with the family at this time.”

Published in RNLI Lifeboats

#Missing - RTÉ News reports on the ongoing search for a man in his 50s reported missing in Wicklow Harbour this morning (Tuesday 27 December).

Wicklow RNLI, the Irish Coast Guard and gardaí are all involved in the operation that began around 10.30am.

The news comes two just days after a man was rescued from the River Liffey in Dublin city centre on Christmas morning, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.

Published in News Update

#WicklowHarbour - Progress is being made in development works at Wicklow Harbour, a recent town council meeting heard.

According to the Wicklow Times on 13 May, Wicklow Town Council director of services Sean Quirke gave the lie of the land with respect to the harbour development as of the end of April.

Quirke reported that developer Sisk - which is also responsible for works currently on hold at Greystones Harbour - said planning for the first stage of construction was under way, as were arrangements for the appointment of a building partner.

Dredging and disposal works in the harbour itself are in progress, as previously reported on Afloat.ie, while the storm-damaged beach is under repair and access to the breakwater is scheduled to open shortly.

Meanwhile, there have been discussions with the resident sailing and ridge angling clubs over plans for their new clubhouse facilities.

It's being proposed that Sisk would take over the development of the new clubhouses, with a commitment to completing their new facilities in tandem with the rest of the harbour plaza scheme, while offering the clubs temporary accommodation in the interim.

In addition, a site investigation was completed for the proposed new coastguard station, a long-awaited addition to Wicklow's harbour - and the delay of which was bemoaned by Cllr Tom Fortune.

Published in Irish Harbours

#Greystones - Wickow-East Carlow TD Simon Harris is supporting calls for 'meaningful engagement' over the development of Greystones Harbour, with works by developer Sisk currently on hold.

According to a recent edition of the Wicklow Times, the Dáil deputy wrote to the county manager to request that elements of the contract for the harbour scheme be made public so that residents "can see exactly what obligations the contract places on the developer and on the council" in the event of a future economic downturn.

Deputy Harris said it is "really important that the residents of Greystones and their public representatives can see this information so we can all play our part in making constructive suggestions in the interest of the community."

Elsewhere in Wicklow, draft bye laws for Wicklow Harbour are currently on display to the public for consultation until 5pm on Tuesday 29 April.

As the Wicklow Times reported recently, Cllr Kathleen Kelleher has urged people to read over the proposals carefully as plans for new construction in the harbour approach the early stages.

Afloat.ie previously reported on dredging and disposal works in the harbour that were scheduled to begin last Thursday 10 April, the first time the harbour has been dredged since 1998.

Meanwhile, works to address recent storm damage have been underway since last month, with some 6,000 cubic metres beach nourishment set to be placed on the north by the end of April.

Wicklow Town Council also heard in the latest harbour progress report on 25 March that work on a pedestrian access route to the north breakwater is ongoing, while developer Sispar says that legal due diligence had delayed the appointment of a construction partner for the harbour scheme, but was expected to be finalised in the coming days.

Published in Greystones Harbour

#MarineNotice - The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) has been advised that dredging and disposal works will commence in Wicklow Harbour (52° 58.9’N, 006° 02.1’W) on Thursday 10 April 2014 and will continue for a period of approximately 10 weeks.

The work will include dredging of the harbour and disposal of the dredged material at a designated dumping site.

The disposal site will be positioned 1.5km north-east of the harbour’s east pier, and the disposing of the material will be carried out by the vessel Jenny T (Call sign EIMY6).

All vessels in this area should proceed with extreme caution, reduce speed to a minimum and keep a close lookout for obstructions in the vicinity of the works.

Published in Marine Warning

#RNLI - Kilmore Quay RNLI has assisted a fisherman after his boat got into difficulty off the Wexford coast, while Wicklow RNLI attended to a fishing boat in trouble south of Wicklow Harbour.

The Kilmore Quay all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch at 9.04am on Monday morning (29 July) to go to the assistance of a local lobster boat with one person on board,

The fishing boat had fouled its propeller while hauling pots a mile to the south-east of the Little Saltee Island.



Weather conditions at the time were blowing a light southerly breeze and there was good visibility.

When the lifeboat arrived on scene, a tow was set up and the vessel was brought safely to the harbour at Kilmore Quay.

Shortly afterwards, Wicklow RNLI launched at 9.30am in response to a call for assistance from a fishing vessel in difficulties six miles south of Wicklow Harbour.

The vessel with three crew was fishing north of Brittas Bay beach when a rope got fouled in the propeller and she lost steering. The skipper contacted the coastguard for assistance.



Wicklow town's lifeboat, under the command of coxswain Nick Keogh, located the vessel drifting close to the Wolf Rock 20 minutes after launching.

A towline was quickly established and the stricken vessel was towed back to Wicklow Harbour, where she was secured safely alongside the East Pier at 10.40am.



The crew on the call out were coxswain Nick Keogh, mechanic Brendan Copeland, Tommy McAulay, Kevin Rahill, Carol Flahive, Paul Sillery and Graham Fitzgerald.

Published in RNLI Lifeboats
As reported previously on Afloat.ie the Bridget Carmel (WD-39) which was in a collision with the tanker Ocean Lady off Anglesey on Monday, not only appears occasionally in RTE's Angelus but also as a mural in Wicklow Port, writes Jehan Ashmore.
The 24m long green-hulled Wexford registered trawler, with a crew of three was escorted by the Wicklow lifeboat and safely secured alongside the ports East pier where she is superbly depicted at the same location. She is one of over a dozen vessels painted in great skill across an uneven surface along the pier's promenade wall and the work of local postman and shipping enthusiast Pat Davis.

Apart from the mural of the trawler (click HERE) there are a wide variety of vessels represented from general cargo-ships and the inclusion of STV Asgard II and the World's last ocean-going paddle-steamer P.S. Waverley. These vessels have too berthed alongside the adorned eastern breakwater where spectators flock to see the start of the biennial Round Ireland Yacht Race which was held last year.

The photo of the trawler was taken on a previous call at the Packet Quay, Wicklow and not Arklow as stated. The Packet Pier is the most used commercial quay in the Co. Wicklow port, where timber and scrap-metal cargoes are relatively common. For example the Arklow Rebel which loaded scrap-metal bound for Liverpool, to read more click HERE.

Published in Fishing
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Coastal Notes Coastal Notes covers a broad spectrum of stories, events and developments in which some can be quirky and local in nature, while other stories are of national importance and are on-going, but whatever they are about, they need to be told.

Stories can be diverse and they can be influential, albeit some are more subtle than others in nature, while other events can be immediately felt. No more so felt, is firstly to those living along the coastal rim and rural isolated communities. Here the impact poses is increased to those directly linked with the sea, where daily lives are made from earning an income ashore and within coastal waters.

The topics in Coastal Notes can also be about the rare finding of sea-life creatures, a historic shipwreck lost to the passage of time and which has yet many a secret to tell. A trawler's net caught hauling more than fish but cannon balls dating to the Napoleonic era.

Also focusing the attention of Coastal Notes, are the maritime museums which are of national importance to maintaining access and knowledge of historical exhibits for future generations.

Equally to keep an eye on the present day, with activities of existing and planned projects in the pipeline from the wind and wave renewables sector and those of the energy exploration industry.

In addition Coastal Notes has many more angles to cover, be it the weekend boat leisure user taking a sedate cruise off a long straight beach on the coast beach and making a friend with a feathered companion along the way.

In complete contrast is to those who harvest the sea, using small boats based in harbours where infrastructure and safety poses an issue, before they set off to ply their trade at the foot of our highest sea cliffs along the rugged wild western seaboard.

It's all there, as Coastal Notes tells the stories that are arguably as varied to the environment from which they came from and indeed which shape people's interaction with the surrounding environment that is the natural world and our relationship with the sea.

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