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Thomas Davis (left) and Rob King of RNLI Clifden
Two Clifden RNLI lifeboat crew past and present have been promoted to two new roles in the charity. Rob King, the former full-time mechanic for Clifden lifeboat station has been appointed as the RNLI’s Area Lifesaving Manager for the West…
Story Of Lifeboat Crew Billed For Lost Inflatable Is A Tall Tale, Says RNLI
Don’t believe everything you read, the RNLI advises, after the lifesaving charity was forced to debunk claims it was recently billed for an inflatable toy lost during the rescue of a child. According to The Independent, there appear to have…
Lough Ree RNLI
Lough Ree RNLI came to the aid of a woman who became unwell on a boat on the lake on Tuesday evening and required a medical evacuation. The volunteer crew were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat at 9.15pm by…
Rescue 118 winches one of its crew
RTÉ News reports that 15 young people were rescued from the sea off Donegal yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 13 August). Ten were airlifted to hospital in Letterkenny after the group got into difficulty while swimming by the pier at Magheroarty in…
Ruth’s fiancé Jim Griffin presents a cheque for £9,000 to Newcastle RNLI’s station coxswain Nathan Leneghan (right) and fellow crew members who were involved in the search, from left, Sean Cunningham, station mechanic Shane Rice, Gerry McConkey and David Hughes. Also included is Newcastle RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, Lisa Ramsden.
The family of Ruth Maguire, who was drowned in Carlingford Lough last March, have raised £9,000 for Newcastle RNLI in her memory. Newcastle RNLI was involved in the search for Ruth along with other search and rescue agencies and recovered…
Kinsale RNLI’s lifeboat crew return Ghost, the year-old Holstein Friesian, to safety
A cow named Ghost was saved from Kinsale Harbour at the weekend after slipping down a cliff from the field above — in what also marked a second animal rescue this year for Kinsale RNLI. Kinsale’s lifeboat volunteers launched on…
The casualty vessel under tow by Mullaghmore RNLI
Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat was requested to launch to reports of a vessel that had washed up on rocks off Mullaghmore Head on Monday afternoon (August 12th 2019). The pagers were activated by Malin Head Coast Guard at 4:16 pm. They…
Galician SAR vessel Salvamar Alioth, which picked up the three crew from the stricken Sujo in the early hours of Friday morning
The Irish crew of a motor yacht were rescued after their vessel took on water and sank off the coast of Northern Spain on Friday (9 August). Afloat.ie has learned from its skipper Vincent Duke that the Sujo, a Maltese-registered…
Courtmacsherry RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat off Roches Point
Courtmacsherry RNLI was among the search and rescue agencies who responded yesterday morning (Thursday 8 August) to reports that a man had taken ill during a diving expedition to the wreck of the Lusitania. As reported by The Irish Times,…
Rosslare Harbour RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
It was a busy August Bank Holiday weekend on the Wexford coast with three callouts for Rosslare Harbour’s lifeboat volunteers. The first came on Saturday evening (3 August) at 6pm, when the lifeboat readied for launch to a report of…
File image of Clifden RNLI’s inshore and Mersey class lifeboats, which launched to the kayakers in distress yesterday evening
Two sea kayakers were rescued from the water off Ballyconneely in western Connemara by Clifden RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 6 August). Just after 4.30pm the lifeboat station’s volunteers responded to reports via the Irish Coast Guard of kayakers…
Aran Islands RNLI offshore lifeboat
Aran Islands RNLI came to the aid of two people yesterday evening (Bank Holiday Monday 5 August) who required medical attention off the islands. The all-weather Severn class lifeboat David Kirkaldy was requested to launch at 8 pm by the…
Oisin and Nathan Cassidy, whose father James is helm with Bundoran RNLI
Two recently recruited volunteer lifeboat crew at Bundoran RNLI have had a key part of their training funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation, according to the lifesaving charity. Brothers Oisin and Nathan Cassidy, from Kinlough in Co Leitrim, recently travelled to…
Carrybridge RNLI at Naan Island on Sunday 4 August
Carrybridge lifeboat volunteers a busy morning on Sunday (4 August), starting with two personal water craft with engine issues close to Naan Island on Upper Lough Erne. The relief inshore lifeboat and rescue water craft were launched at 11.33am to…
The yacht under tow by Clifden RNLI
Three crew on board a yacht which experienced difficulty off Inishbofin, North Connemara, were rescued by the RNLI Clifden crew on Saturday evening writes Lorna Siggins The yacht had been on passage to Inishbofin when its dinghy broke loose, according…
A large juvenile dolphin which became stranded at Bundúla, in Blacksod Bay
Seven volunteer lifeboat crew members from Ballyglass RNLI came to the rescue of a large juvenile dolphin which became stranded at Bundúla, in Blacksod Bay, just outside Belmullet this morning. The alarm was raised by concerned former RNLI crew member…

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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