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Search & Rescue, Water Safety - News from the Marine Safety Agencies
Skerries RNLI approaching the windsurfers off Gormanstown Beach
Skerries RNLI launched Saturday evening (17 April) following reports of two windsurfers struggling to return to shore near Gormanstown Beach. Shortly before 6.30pm, Dublin Coast Guard tasked Skerries RNLI following a call from a concerned member of the public. They…
Kilkeel RNLI’s inshore lifeboat taking the stricken yacht under tow
Kilkeel RNLI came to the aid of five people on Saturday (17 April) when their 10m yacht became stranded at Narrow Water Castle on the Northern Ireland side of Carlingford Lough. The volunteer crew launched their inshore lifeboat at 4.05pm…
Super Senior – Howth's Muriel McMillan celebrates her socially-distanced hundredth birthday in May 2020
When Muriel Simpson married Alistair McMillan of Howth, she knew that boats and sailing would become a significant part of her life, as he had become a Junior Member of Howth Sailing Club in June 1941, while by 1967 he…
The Tower on Buncrana’s Swilly Road was the town’s coastguard station for many years at the turn of the 20th century
Offers of over €200,000 are being sought for the landmark former coastguard station in Buncrana which is now on the market. As the Derry Journal reports, the building dates from around 1870 and served as the Co Donegal town’s coastguard station…
Ballygally, a village and holiday resort on the Antrim coast where a paddleboarder got into difficulty
Yesterday's strong southerly wind resulted in a spate of paddleboarding incidents involving lifeboat call outs at Larne and Bangor. Larne RNLI launched both of their lifeboats today to reports of a paddleboarder in difficulty at Ballygally, a village and holiday…
The dinghy was spinning in circles when emergency responders arrived at the scene off Miami, Florida on Monday 12 April
Marine Industry News reports on an incident in Florida recently where a man was thrown overboard from his motorised dinghy which then went out of control. According to the Miami Herald, the incident last Monday (12 April) at Fisherman’s Channel…
Lagan S&R is an independent Lifeboat covering the seaward River Lagan and Belfast Lough
The Sunday Life recently highlighted the decision by Downtown Radio Star Neil McClelland to support Lagan Search & Rescue. Lagan S&R is an independent Lifeboat covering the seaward River Lagan and Belfast Lough; It relies on the generosity and support…
Kilkeel RNLI’s LOM John Fisher receives the cheque from Craig Boucher
Craig Boucher of Hybrid Health and Performance in Kilkeel recently completed a 4x4x48 challenge to raise funds for his local RNLI lifeboat station in the Co Down town. Craig ran four miles every four hours for 48 hours and was…
Graham Fitzgerald and Alan Goucher with RNLI Trainer Assessor Alan Pryce after they passed out as Deputy coxswains at RNLI Wicklow
Wicklow RNLI volunteers Graham Fitzgerald and Alan Goucher have been passed out as deputy coxswains by an RNLI Trainer Assessor, after undertaking months of training and completing a rigorous exercise on the all-weather lifeboat in Wicklow bay. Graham Fitzgerald who…
Tramore's RNLI D Class lifeboat
Tramore Lifeboat RNLI was tasked yesterday afternoon to the aid of a child who was swept out to sea.  It is the fifth call out this year for the Tramore crew, three of which have involved sea swimmers. The lifeboat…
Foyle Search and Rescue receives £39000 donation for drones
Last month Foyle Search and Rescue announced the refresh and upgrade of its drone programme following a £39,000 donation from supporters in the local video games industry. It operates on the River Foyle, which flows through the City of Derry…
Defence Forces Live Air Firing Exercise
On Monday 19th of April 2021 to Friday 30th of April 2021 from 10.00hrs to 16.00hrs (Excluding Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th of April) AT D1, GORMANSTON RANGES, CO. MEATH IT IS DANGEROUS FOR PERSONS, SHIPPING, LIVESTOCK OR AIRCRAFT ETC.,…
The inshore Atlantic 85 class lifeboat with the two walkers at Omey Island
Clifden RNLI came to the aid of two walkers who got cut off by the tide yesterday evening (Sunday 11 April). The volunteer crew were requested to launch the lifeboat by the Irish Coast Guard at 5.50 pm following a…
A lone yachtsman was rescued just outside Kinnego Bay on the southern shore of Lough Neagh
Lough Neagh Rescue was paged on the 9th April to the aid of a lone yachtsman whose vessel had engine difficulties just outside Kinnego Bay on the southern shore of Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland. On scene, the lifeboats found…
File image of Irish Coast Guard personnel
The Irish Coast Guard has been certified as a ‘Great Place to Work’ by a leading employee satisfaction audit firm. In 2019 the IRCG partnered with the Great Place to Work Institute to develop and implement an engagement programme with…
The Eemslift Hendrika moments before a number of its crew jumped from its deck as it listed dangerously to starboard
The crew of a Dutch cargo vessel were rescued by helicopter as their ship developed a heavy list in the Norwegian Sea late on Monday (5 April). Now there are concerns that the Eemslift Hendrika, which remains adrift with its…

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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