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The Waterford-based Rescue 117 flew to the scene near Kinsale on Monday evening 11 June reports that a swimmer near Kinsale, Co Cork was in critical condition after a suspected heart attack yesterday evening (Monday 11 June). The man in his 60s was among a group of swimmers at the popular bathing spot of…
The migrants are aboard the Aquarius in the Mediterranean Sea
#MigrantCrisis - An offer by Spain to take in a rescue ship reports RTE News, that is drifting in the Mediterranean sea with 629 migrants on board after Malta and Italy refused to let it dock. The humanitarian ship Aquarius…
SOS Méditerranée posted photos of rescued migrants
#MigrantCrisis - BBC News reports a rescue vessel carrying 629 migrants is stranded in the Mediterranean after Italy's new interior minister refused permission for it to dock. Matteo Salvini, leader of the right-wing League, said Malta should accept the Aquarius…
Lough Derg RNLI launched to both incidents
#LoughDerg - Two men are dead after getting into difficulty swimming in two separate incidents on Lough Derg yesterday (Wednesday 6 June), as the Irish Examiner reports. Emergency services recovered a man in his 50s from the water near Terryglass,…
An example of one of the five engines stolen in East Cork over the past three weeks
#EngineThefts - Gardaí have warned boaters in East Cork over a spate of outboard engine thefts along the coast in recent weeks, as the Evening Echo reports. Five of such engines have been reported stolen from vessels in Youghal and…
Crew members of L.É. Samuel Beckett (which docked in Valletta, Malta) with their 'Operation Sophia' medals presented in recognition of their role in disrupting human-trafficking and smuggling in the central Mediterranean
#Navy - Crew members of L.É. Samuel Beckett in Malta last weekend were presented with their Operation Sophia medals from the Irish Naval Service, writes Jehan Ashmore. Flag Officer Commanding Naval Service (FOCNS) Commodore Michael Malone visited Valletta Harbour last…
The Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 was involved in the emergency operation in Ennis yesterday
Two teenage boys have died in hospital after getting into difficulty swimming in a quarry lake in Ennis, as reports. Emergency services were called to the scene at a quarry lake near Ennis, Co Clare at 3.30pm yesterday afternoon…
The late Pat O’Rourke being instructed in motor-boat handling by her husband Jack during a Shannon cruise in 1971
The 1875-founded Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club has been mourning the passing of its most senior member with the death at the age of 97 of Patricia (Pat) O’Rourke. As Patricia Kavanagh, she married Jack O’Rourke, a noted tailor in…
Marine Institute CEO Peter Heffernan, PwC partner Yvonne Thompson and BIM chief Jim O’Toole the launch of the 2018 Our Ocean Wealth Summit
#OurOceanWealth - Optimising, commercialising, managing and protecting Ireland’s multi-billion-euro ’blue economy’ is the focus of the 2018 Our Ocean Wealth Summit in Galway on 28-29 June. Speaking at the launch of the Our Ocean Wealth Summit, this year under the…
The late Henry Lupton of Galway was enthusiastically generous in his interaction with every aspect of sailing
If you sought a multi-faceted example of contemporary Galway and the way the city and its surrounding area interact both with the sea and the most modern research industries, then the late Henry Lupton would be an eloquent example. He…
The former Royal Mail Ship, RMS St. Helena, a passenger-cargoship Afloat adds was confirmed by the St. Helena Government with a sale of the ship concluded in London yesterday. The 6,000 gross tonnage ship is now to serve as an anti-piracy security transfer vessel in the Middle East.
#Ports&Shipping- The UK's last working postal ship, RMS St. Helena, was for nearly three decades the main source of contact between one of humanity’s remotest islands and the outside world. Now the ship, cherished by the 4,500 residents of British-ruled…
Weymouth Sailing Club was the scene of the incident on Monday 16 April
A man has died after he was crushed by the half-ton yacht he was working on in a Weymouth boatyard, as Mail Online reports. The 56-year-old, believed to be a company director, was carrying out repairs on his 29ft sailing…
The Endurance trapped in pack ice during the Shackleton-led Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition
#Shackleton - A new expedition is being launched next year that will attempt to find the wreck of Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance in the Antarctic. As BBC News reports, the primary focus of the scientific mission is to study the Larsen…
Rescue 118, pictured above, airlifted three casualties from a life raft 16 miles off Eagle Island
The Irish Mirror reports that a man has died after a fishing boat capsized off the Mayo coast yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 10 April). It’s understood that the deceased was a man in his 50s from North Mayo. He was one…
Participation in UK Boating Activities Hits Highest Levels Since 2002
According to the latest research released today, a record 3.96m UK adults (7.4% of the UK adult population) participated in one or more of 12 core boating activities1 in 2017, the highest volume recorded since this research initiative was first…
Fodder Emergency: The Irish Co-operative Society has warned that if the weather does not improve the fodder situation will become very serious. Afloat adds above are ferries from rival operators using Rosslare Harbour where routes link the UK via south Wales ports of Fishguard and Pembroke.
#NewsUpdate - A delivery of the first imported animal feed in response to the deepening - and now nationwide - fodder crisis has arrived in Rosslare Harbour. The feed reports RTE News, which has been imported from Britain, will then…

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