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The Irish Coastguard suspended sea rescue at 23 of its 44 stations on Friday after what it described as the “recent malfunctioning of Rescue 400 lifejackets"
The Irish Coast Guard was warned over three years ago of difficulties with full inflation of lifejackets used by its inshore search, rescue and recovery craft, as Lorna Siggins reports in The Sunday Times reports today here. The Irish Coast…
Air Corps 112 will be grounded for a total of 16 days between now and the end of next February
Extra pressure will be put on the Irish Coast Guard’s helicopter rescue services this winter as the State’s air ambulance plans to shut down for 16 days between now and next February. As RTÉ News reports, “mounting staffing and training…
Lifejacket Issues See Irish Coast Guard Boat Operations Suspended
All Irish Coast Guard rescue boat operations are suspended as of yesterday (Friday 15 November) as the organisation launches a probe into a malfunction in its standard issue lifejackets. RTÉ News reports that the coastguard’s rescue boats in 23 stations…
The DfT Rescue Shield is presented to Shetland-based coastguard teams for the sixth time
HM Coastguard rescue teams from Lerwick, Hillswick and Sumburgh, the search and rescue helicopter crew from Sumburgh and staff from the Coastguard Operations Centre in Shetland have been awarded the prestigious UK Department for Transport Rescue Shield by Brian Johnson,…
Bundoran RNLI’s volunteer crew make their way to the scene
Four people have been rescued from an island off the Sligo coast after their vessel washed up on rocks. Bundoran RNLI’s volunteer crew launched to the incident at Inishmurray Island yesterday afternoon (Sunday 3 November) along with the Irish Coast…
Emergency Services including the Irish Coastguard were praised by the Galway West Coroner
A Galway coroner has paid tribute to a French-Canadian who tried to save the life of a Swiss woman when the caravan she was staying in at a Connemara campsite was swept into the sea during Storm Ali writes Lorna Siggins…
Howth Coast Guard’s new rescue ROV
Howth Coast Guard has successfully deployed its new remote operated vehicle (ROV) for the first time in a missing person exercise last night (Wednesday 30 October). After several weeks of training, the coastguard team set out to locate a potential…
Valentia RNLI escorting the fishing vessel to Dingle Harbour
Valentia RNLI volunteers launched their all-weather lifeboat this morning to assist a fisherman with suspected spinal injuries following a collision. At 1.17 am the Valentia Coast Guard requested Valentia RNLI all-weather lifeboat to launch to an injured fisherman onboard a…
Coastguard & RNLI Issue Storm Lorenzo Warning
The Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI have issued a joint warning to the public as Storm Lorenzo approaches to remind people to pay particular attention to their personal safety while outdoors and along the coastline during this time. While…
Rower ‘Shaken’ After Rescue From Strong Shannon Currents At Killaloe Bridge
BreakingNews.ie reports that a charity rower was left “shaken” after he was rescued from strong currents in the River Shannon at the Killaloe bridge. Killaloe Coast Guard Unit were tasked at 2.40pm yesterday (Wednesday 25 September) to the scene where…
The capsized currach off Skerries
Skerries RNLI launched to the rescue of a man and two teenagers in the water after their currach capsized off the north Co Dublin town yesterday evening (Saturday 21 September). Just after 5pm, Dublin Coast Guard picked up a Mayday…
Coastguard volunteers carry the stranded dog back to dry land
Coastguard teams from Bangor and Portaferry were tasked to Strangford Lough on Saturday afternoon (17 August) to rescue a young dog stranded by the tide at Island Hill. The pup’s worried owner “was in the mindset of attempting a rescue…
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…
A 4x4 vehicle sinking in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Wednesday afternoon
A warm afternoon in Dublin Bay yesterday (Wednesday 24 July) also saw three callouts for Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard within the space of an hour. The first at 5pm involved a Jeep-type vehicle spotted floating in the harbour. Satisfied that…
Control operations at the Irish Coast Guard
Shane Ross, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport has published a new National Search and Rescue Plan aimed at placing Ireland at the forefront of international best practice. The plan also addresses some key lessons arising from tragic accidents…
The casualty prepared for transfer to the Kilmore Quay lifeboat
A man was taken to hospital with hand injuries by Irish Coast Guard helicopter after a Mayday call on a yacht off Kilmore Quay on Saturday (29 June). The local RNLI lifeboat crew were en route to another vessel that had…

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