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Two Kinsale RNLI crew members help free Paddy the horse’s hoof from a submerged metal grid
#Lifeboats - It was a different kind of ‘surf and turf’ when three teenagers and a horse were rescued in two separate callouts by Kinsale's RNLI volunteers yesterday (Sunday 17 February). Late in the afternoon the lifeboat launched following reports…
Is this the greatest lifeboat photo ever taken? Ian Watson’s iconic image of the Portrush Lifeboat putting to sea on February 13th 1989. Photo Ian Watson
Thirty years ago, on February 13th 1989, the volunteer crew of Portrush RNLI Lifeboat launched in dreadful conditions to reports of two Spanish trawlers in difficulty. This was when the famous Portrush picture was taken by photographer Ian Watson. Crew…
Wicklow lifeboat crew on the relief Shannon lifeboat Jock and Annie Slater, which arrives on Sunday 24 February
#Lifeboats - As noted by Tom MacSweeney in his latest podcast, Wicklow is the last RNLI station with a Tyne class lifeboat in service. Before the current Tyne lifeboat Annie Blaker is officially taken off service later this year, it will be…
Baltimore RNLI lifeboat
When Baltimore Lifeboat Station in West Cork was established the First World War was raging in Europe. That was back in 1915 when the original station was built, but due to the War no lifeboat arrived in Baltimore until 1919…
Liffey “All in a Row” Challenge Raises Funds for RNLI Lifeboats & Irish Underwater Search & Recovery
The “All In A Row 2018” event on the capital’s River Liffey was supported by teams rowing 40 boats including skiffs, kayaks, canoes and currachs to exceed a 1,000km in eight hours, raising €12,000 for these charities. Starting from St.…
Waves ‘As High As Two Buses’ During Storm Erik: Irish Coast Guard
Waves as high as two buses battered a Russian vessel off Dingle yesterday (Friday 8 February) as the Irish Coast Guard launched a double rescue during Storm Erik. BreakingNews.ie reports on comments made by coastguard divisional controller Derek Flanagan regarding…
An ORANGE warning is in place for Galway and Mayo - southwest to west winds will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/h with some severe or damaging gusts of 110 to 130 km/h
In light of the severe Weather Warning issued by Met Éireann for Friday 8th February, the Coast Guard is calling on the general public and all Mariners to heed the warnings and take appropriate action. The Coast Guard is asking…
Lough Ree’s lifeboat volunteers prepare for their sixth fundraising lap of the lough
#Lifeboats - RNLI volunteers at Lough Ree have launched their sixth Lap of Lough Ree charity cycle which will take place this year on Sunday 28 April. The annual 85km cycle raising funds for the lifesaving service in Athlone will…
Sir Tim Laurence and fellow RNLI officials with Bangor lifeboat station volunteers
#Lifeboats - Bangor RNLI was delighted yesterday (Tuesday 29 January) Yesterday afternoon, Bangor RNLI was delighted to welcome a delegation led by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Chairman of the RNLI Operations Committee. Sir Tim and other top RNLI officials met…
File image of the Irish Coast Guard’s Shannon-based helicopter Rescue 115
Two crew members with suspected head injuries were airlifted from a fishing vessel off Dingle yesterday (Tuesday 29 January), as the Irish Examiner reports. The Irish Coast Guard’s Shannon-based helicopter Rescue 115 was tasked to the scene some 60 nautical…
The crew paid their respects to all those who lost their lives 66 years ago on the 31st January 1953 in the North Channel.
The crew of Donaghadee RNLI lifeboat put to sea on Sunday (27 January ) morning for their fortnightly exercise and also to lay a floral tribute on behalf of the Sir Samuel Kelly Project. The volunteer crew paid their respects…
Dun Laoghaire RNLI's all-weather lifeboat
#Lifeboats - Dun Laoghaire RNLI responded to a stand-up paddle boarder who got into difficulty between Bray Head and Greystones yesterday afternoon (Sunday 27 January). The volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 12.03pm and were on…
Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 from Shannon
Industrial action by Irish Coast Guard search and rescue pilots scheduled to begin yesterday (Thursday 24 January) has been called off to allow for further talks, as TheJournal.ie reports. Pilots have sat down with coastguard helicopter operator CHC Ireland a…
Elizabeth and Ronald returns to Dunmore East under the light of Sunday evening’s lunar eclipse
#Lifeboats - Hundreds gathered on the high wall in Dunmore East on Sunday evening (20 January) to welcome the town’s all-weather lifeboat Elizabeth and Ronald back home after more than a year out of service. On 1 December 2017, Dunmore…
File photo of Courtmacsherry’s all-weather lifeboat
#Lifeboats - The RNLI's all-weather lifeboat from Courtmacsherry rescued a fishing vessel which got into difficulty today with two people onboard yesterday afternoon (Monday 21 January). The lifeboat was called out at 1.15pm to go to the aid of the 40ft…
Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 from Shannon
The Irish Times reports that helicopter search and rescue pilots with the Irish Coast Guard are to take industrial action from Thursday (24 January) in a dispute over rostering hours. Brendan O’Hanlon of trade union Fórsa, whose branch Ialpa represents…

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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