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Howth Coast Guard volunteers have Max the dog in safe hands
Yesterday afternoon (Sunday 19 May) the Irish Coast Guard’s Howth unit was diverted from exercise to rescue two people and a dog who were cut off by the rising tide. The crew immediately responded and began a search for the…
Castletownbere’s all-weather lifeboat Annette Hutton
Castletownbere’s RNLI lifeboat sprang into action to help locate a tourist reported missing on Dursey Island in West Cork yesterday afternoon (Friday 17 May). The lifeboat, under the command of coxswain Dean Hegarty, launched shortly after 2pm after Valentia Coast…
The year-long trial, which starts today 29 April, 2019 will provide HM Coastguard Rescue Teams with more eyes in the sky to assist with search and rescue operations
For the next 12 months, a new drone trial is taking flight to support vital search and rescue action around the coast of Essex, thanks to a partnership between Essex Police, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Royal…
Killaloe Coast Guard volunteers with the dog they brought to safety along with its owners after their cruiser lost power
#Rescue - Lough Derg RNLI and Killaloe Coast Guard launched to separate incidents on Easter Monday (22 April) that between them saw four people and a dog rescued on the lough. In the first incident, Lough Derg’s inshore lifeboat launched to…
If your GPS is more than 10 years old or it’s had no firmware updates then you’re definitely at higher risk of you GPS not working from 6 April
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) has issued a special safety bulletin to all mariners that use GPS to prepare for a rollover event that will occur on 6 April 2019. On April 6 navigation data from some older GPS…
Dara Fitzpatrick as pictured in the pages of Afloat in 1994
An Irish Coast Guard captain lost in the Rescue 116 tragedy two years ago would be “would be so proud of the little boy” her young son has become. The sister of Capt Dara Fitzpatrick was speaking on RTÉ Radio…
HM Coastguard’s Coleraine station was ransacked by burglars in Tuesday night
Coleraine Coastguard is back in business after a reported burglary at its station during Storm Gareth on Tuesday night (12 March). Volunteers woke yesterday morning (Wednesday 13 March) to find that their station “had been broken into and ransacked”. The…
New Irish Coast Guard Stamps Based On Painting By Late Volunteer Caitríona Lucas
#Coastguard - Two new postage stamps in tribute to the Irish Coast Guard are based on a painting by a volunteer who died in service, as the Sunday Independent reports. The painting by Caitríona Lucas, who died during a rescue…
Rescue 116 pictured over Wicklow in August 2015
As the second anniversary of the Rescue 116 tragedy approaches, it has emerged that a draft final report into the incident is still months away from completion, according to the Irish Examiner. The four crew of the Sikorsky S-92 search…
Coast Guard Helicopter R116
The Dublin based Coast Guard Helicopter R116 is assisting the Northern Ireland authorities with a search for a missing person in the Downpatrick area of Co Down. In accordance with standing arrangements, a request was received earlier this morning by…
The ‘dinosaur remains’ found in the mud in the River Boyne on Tuesday
Drogheda Coast Guard had a prehistoric mystery on their hands earlier this week with what the station is calling “probably the most unusual tasking we ever had or ever will have”. The coastguard team were tasked on Tuesday (26 February)…
No More Blue Lights & Sirens For Irish Coast Guard Road Vehicles Under New Directive
Irish Coast Guard staff have been ordered to cease their use of blue lights and sirens with their road vehicles when travelling to incidents, as TheJournal.ie reports. The new directive says risks associated with the use of so-called ‘blues and…
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…
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…
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…

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