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The snake found by a member of Youghal Coast Guard last Thursday 3 January
A reptile feared to be a venomous turtle-headed sea snake was found on a beach on the East Cork coast on Thursday 3 January, as the Irish Examiner reports. However, minds were put at ease when the dead snake spotted…
A Coast Guard Helicopter and RNLI lifeboat exercise on the Shannon Estuary
In an end of year review, the Coast Guard is continuing to highlight the capacity to Raise the Alarm and Stay Afloat as essential elements to reducing loss of life owing to drowning’s at sea or on inland waterways. The…
Irish Coast Guard & RNLI Issue Joint Water Safety Call This Christmas   
The Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI, in the run-up to the Christmas period, are reminding the public to look after their personal safety when engaged in any water or coastal based activities. They have issued a joint safety message…
Irish Coast Guard Responds To Storm-Related Incidents
Irish Coast Guard teams across Ireland have responded to incidents related to the extreme conditions brought by Storm Diana over the last two days. Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard was tasked at lunchtime on Tuesday (27 November) to extract a member…
The Queen Mary 2, pictured here in Norway, was en route from Southampton to New York on Monday when the medevac was sought
The Clare Herald reports on a helicopter medevac from the Queen Mary 2 off the Irish coast earlier this week. Rescue 115 from the Irish Coast Guard was involved in the evacuation of an elderly woman to University Hospital Limerick…
Sky lanterns look beautiful, but pose a risk to aviation - and a nuisance to emergency services
Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard has issued an appeal against the use of sky lanterns ahead of next week’s Hallowe’en celebrations. Sometimes called Chinese lanterns, the airborne paper lights carry a flame inside and are often used at social occasions such…
Volunteers Wanted For Howth Coast Guard
#Coastguard - Howth’s Irish Coast Guard unit is looking to recruit and train three new volunteers in 2019. If you live very locally to the North Co Dublin coastguard unit and are highly available, interested volunteers must attend an information…
Dun Laoghaire Coastguard Recruiting New Volunteers
#Coastguard - Do you live in or around Dun Laoghaire and have time to volunteer? Do you drive? Are you aged between 18 and 65? If so, you may be the right fit for Dun Laoghaire Coastguard, which is currently…
Minister Accepts Recommendations Of Report On Irish Search & Rescue Oversight
#SAR - The report of a team appointed to review “oversight” in Ireland’s search and rescue aviation operations has been published. Among its short-term recommendations is that the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) “formally and clearly assigns” the…
The scene early yesterday morning of the Coastguard helicopter
#Coastguard - A worker from a ferry writes BelfastLive had to be airlifted to Belfast after falling ill on board the ferry. The coastguard was alerted to the medical emergency on board the Stena Lagan in the early hours of…
Caitriona Lucas’ Coastguard Unit Lacked Effective Management, Says MCIB Report
#Coastguard - There was no evidence of effective management at Kilkee’s coastguard station when volunteer Caitríona Lucas died during a rescue operation almost two years ago, according to a draft report into the incident. The Irish Times has details of…
UK Boating Community Invited to ‘Have Their Say’ on New Proposals for Pleasure Vessels   
Members of the boating community in the UK are being encouraged to ‘have their say’ on the Maritime & Coastguard Agency’s new Code of Practice for Intended Pleasure Vessels and its supporting Guidance Notices as well as some new Exemptions.…
Black Rock, northwest of Achill Island, where the Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 went down on 14 March 2017
#Rescue116 - RTÉ News reports that a lifejacket and helmet thought to be from the Rescue 116 crash last year have been recovered off Achill Island. Local gardaí confirmed that the items were brought ashore by fishermen about a mile…
The yacht beached near Waterville, Co Kerry, as seen earlier today
#StormHector - One sorry yacht owner felt the wrath of Storm Hector today (Thursday 14 June) when their vessel was founded beached near Waterville in Co Kerry, as RTÉ News reports. The Hanse yacht, named Seabiscuit, broke its mooring in…
The NI Ambulance Service also attended the scene at Castlerock
#Coastguard - Coleraine Coastguard headed to the rescue of a man and three children caught in a rip current at Castlerock over the weekend following the Portrush Raft Race. According to BBC News, the four were on bodyboards when they were…
Rescue 116 pictured over Wicklow in August 2015
#Rescue116 - Transport Minister Shane Ross has appointed an international team to review Irish SAR operations in the wake of last year’s fatal Rescue 116 crash, as The Irish Times reports. The team, led by former European Aviation Safety Agency…
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