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Search & Rescue, Water Safety - News from the Marine Safety Agencies
Irish Coast Guard Director Chris Reynolds at his desk in Somalia
Director of the Irish Coast Guard Chris Reynolds, on assignment as Head of Mission Eucap Somalia, is not returning to the Coastguard in Ireland. In a post on social media, Reynolds says: "With a heavy heart I will not be…
File image of Portaferry RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Portaferry RNLI’s inshore lifeboat launched yesterday evening (Monday 2 August) to the aid of a woman who had fallen onboard a yacht. The volunteer lifeboat crew’s pagers sounded just after 7.30pm and they launched amid good conditions to assess the…
The rescue of the Lily B off Hook Head on 20 October 2020
The RNLI is to present three Irish lifeboat crews with gallantry awards for their role in a rescue last October that saved nine lives and prevented a 100m cargo vessel from hitting rocks at Hook Head. The coxswains of Dunmore…
The all-weather lifeboat Ger Tighclearr tows the casualty vessel back to Arklow Harbour
Arklow RNLI launched swiftly on Sunday (1 August) to assist a support vessel that lost propulsion during a sailing regatta off the Co Wicklow town. Most of the volunteer crew were already close to the station when they received the…
The RNLI is sharing some advice and top tips to help people stay safe on the water
This bank holiday weekend, with more people expected to take part in water-based activities, the RNLI is sharing some advice and top tips to help people stay safe on the water, whether travelling to the coast or visiting inland waters.…
Sara Feeney (left) Ellen Glynn on the shores of Galway Bay
The rescue of cousins Sara Feeney (23) and Ellen Glynn (17) after being swept out to sea on paddleboards captured the attention of the country last August. How a balmy summer's evening quickly turned into a nightmare for the cousins'…
File image of RNLI chief executive Mark Dowie
In response to media reports on the RNLI’s humanitarian work in the English Channel, chief executive Mark Dowie has spoken of his pride in the efforts of the charity’s lifeboat volunteers. “I could not be prouder of our amazing volunteer…
Skerries RNLI’s inshore lifeboat en route to Rush
Skerries RNLI were tasked by Dublin Coast Guard yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 28 July) following a 999 call from a member of the public reporting paddle boarders in difficulty in Rush Harbour. Shortly before 3pm, the volunteer crew at Skerries RNLI…
The RNLI lifeboat crew rescued three kayakers stranded on rocks at Kilmurrin Cove
Volunteer lifeboat crew from Helvick Head RNLI in Waterford, rescued three kayakers stranded on rocks at Kilmurrin Cove yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 28 July) when a sudden squall capsized one of the kayaks and the group were forced onto the rocks…
Enniskillen RNLI’s inshore lifeboat John and Jean Lewis
In a busy Tuesday afternoon (27 July) for Enniskillen RNLI, the volunteer lifeboat crew launched on two callouts in the vicinity of Castle Archdale. The first came at 4.30pm after a passer-by alerted the coastguard to a person who went…
Two people swimming in a blueway
Sport Ireland and key stakeholders have come together to encourage everyone to be alert to water safety this summer. The initiative comes at a crucial time, with the August Bank Holiday approaching and the shocking news of more than seven…
A pair of dolphins swimming off Northern Ireland
Ballycastle Coastguard joined officials from Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in responding to reports of dolphins being potentially harassed by personal water craft and other leisure vessels. The teams launched on Sunday afternoon (25 July)…
A life ring bearing the logo of Irish Water Safety
In the lead-up to the August Bank Holiday weekend, the Minister of State in the Department of Transport has issued an appeal to anybody engaging in coastal or water-based activity to pay close attention to their personal safety. Today’s (Tuesday…
Two Air Corps helicopters land at the Carlisle Pier, Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin Bay today.  In a business case set out for the Government a range of options for how a future Coast Guard Aviation Service could be delivered are being considered including the potential for the Air Corps to provide an element of the service as a “hybrid” option alongside another civil operator.
The government today (27 July 2021) agreed to commence the formal procurement process for a new Coast Guard aviation service in October next. The service is currently contracted to CHC Ireland and may be extended up to June 2025 at…
File image of Baltimore RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
Baltimore RNLI launched on back-to-back callouts in West Cork on Sunday evening (25 July), including a medevac and a motorboat taking on water. The first launch was at 8.15pm to reports of a 23ft motorboat taking on water at Church…
Skerries RNLI returning to shore with the kayakers on board
Skerries RNLI rescued two adults and two children on Sunday afternoon (25 July) after their inflatable kayak had been pulled out to sea by strong currents. Just before 2pm, Dublin Coast Guard requested Skerries RNLI to launch their Atlantic 85…

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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