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Skerries RNLI position the razor boat alongside Loughshinny Harbour
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Skerries RNLI assisted a 12-metre razor fishing vessel that developed steering problems near Loughshinny last night (Friday 17 November). Shortly before 9pm, one of the volunteer crew raised the alarm after receiving a phone call from a fisherman…
Courtmacsherry RNLI tows the trawler to the safety of Kinsale Harbour on Saturday night during Ireland’s match with Denmark
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Courtmacsherry RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat was called out at 7pm on Saturday night (11 November) to go to the aid of an 80ft fishing boat that got into difficulties 15 miles south of the Seven Heads in West Cork.…
The new Atlantic 85 class lifeboat at Carrybridge
RNLI Lifeboats
A new Atlantic 85 class lifeboat has gone on service at Carrybridge RNLI. The lifeboat which arrived at the Upper Lough Erne lifeboat station on Tuesday (7 November), replaces Duckhams 2001, which has been used to rescue people on Lough…
Recreational Craft fatalities between 2006-2015
Rescue
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD, says a significant number of Irish Coast Guard call-outs in recent years have been to assist recreational craft. The Minister's comments were made as a new Code of Practice was launched for…
Donaghadee all-weather lifeboat Saxon towing rescued fishing vessel
RNLI Lifeboats
Donaghadee RNLI has brought two fishermen to safety this morning after their 10m boat got into difficulty off the County Down coast.The volunteer lifeboat crew was alerted at 8.05am this morning (9 November), with Donaghadee RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Saxon being…
Pictured at the European Satellite Navigation Awards in Estonia are (l-r) Matthew Kelly, CTO, DroneSAR; Leo Murray, R&D, DroneSAR; Kathryn lenvain, Head of competitions and events, AZO;  Andreas Veispak, Head of Space data/Copernicus at European Commission; Oisin McGrath, CEO, DroneSAR; Bruce Hannah, CTO, National Space Centre Ltd
Rescue
Donegal based startup, DroneSAR Ltd has won the European Commission prize announced last night (7 November 2017) in Tallinn, Estonia at the awards ceremony for the 14th European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) winners. DroneSAR Ltd were awarded this prize for…
Pictured at the launch of the RNLI’s Cork Reindeer to be held on Sunday 26th November at Fota Park is (Clockwise back Left) Crosshaven lifeboat crew Maeve Leonard and Vincent Fleming, Alex Fegan (11) Derval O’Rourke,  and Maggie O’Brien (12)
RNLI Lifeboats
Cork athlete, broadcaster and self-confessed foodie, Derval O’Rourke, says the RNLI’s Reindeer Run is the perfect opportunity to get fit, have fun and raise funds for a good cause. Derval is the charity’s Ambassador for the popular annual family event,…
Arranmore RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Arranmore RNLI in Co Donegal was called out yesterday morning (Monday 6 November) at 11.45am to assist a 19ft fishing boat with two people onboard. The small boat was approximately 400 metres from Arranmore Lifeboat Station when it…
SafeTrx is being rolled out for use within the Cypriot Search and Rescue Region
Water Safety
#SafeTrx - Irish-developed vessel tracking app SafeTrx has had its latest international launch in Cyprus. Originally unveiled by Irish Sailing in 2013, the smartphone app makes it easy for boats to allow contacts on shore to monitor their voyages for…
Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard gets a better vantage point to observe the SUPs riding the wake of ferries coming into Dublin Port
Coastguard
#Coastguard - The Irish Coast Guard received a call from a member of the public yesterday evening (Sunday 5 November) who advised that two stand-up paddle boarders appeared to be in difficultly at the North Bull Wall near Dublin Port.…
Skerries RNLI’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Louis Simson
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Skerries RNLI rescued two fishermen from a sinking razor fishing boat near Laytown early this morning (Thursday 2 November). Shortly before 5.30am, Dublin Coast Guard received an emergency call from the skipper of a razor fishing boat with…
Caitriona Lucas was posthumously awarded the State's highest honour for bravery earlier this month
Coastguard
#Coastguard - Irish Coast Guard management faced a protest march at the weekend over Kilkee’s lack of a full rescue service — and one restricted further since the death last year of coastguard volunteer Caitriona Lucas, as The Irish Times…
Lough Derg RNLI
RNLI Lifeboats
At 2.34pm, Monday October 30, Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat launched following a request from Valentia Coast Guard to assist two people and a dog on boat a vessel reported to be on fire. The wind was south-westerly, F1 and with…
Sandymount beach in Dublin where walkers were rescued today by an inshore RNLI boat from Dun Laoghaire
RNLI Lifeboats
Two people cut-off by the rising tide at Sandymount were rescued by the RNLI Inshore lifeboat from Dun Laoghaire this evening. The alarm was raised at 4.30pm when the two people found themselves surrounded by water with two more hours…
Dunmore East's lifeboat crew use their salvage pump to keep the fishing vessel afloat
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Dunmore East RNLI launched this past Wednesday afternoon (25 October) to assist a fishing vessel that was taking on water. The two crew of the 25ft vessel were coming into the Co Waterford harbour before 2.50pm when they…
Rescue 116 pictured over Wicklow in August 2015
Coastguard
#Rescue116 - Lifejackets worn by the crew of the downed Rescue 116 were not fit for purpose — and the operators of Ireland’s coastguard rescue helicopter service knew five years beforehand. That’s according to a report set to be broadcast…

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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