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Rescue Boats of Irish Coast Guard to be Fully Operational in New Year after Life Jackets Malfunctioned

18th December 2019
Volunteers at 23 of the service’s 44 stations equipped with rigid inflatable boats (RIB's) and smaller D-Class boats couldn’t launch any rescue operations. Volunteers at 23 of the service’s 44 stations equipped with rigid inflatable boats (RIB's) and smaller D-Class boats couldn’t launch any rescue operations. Photo: Irish Examiner-facebook

The entire fleet of the Irish Coast Guard’s in-shore rescue boat units will return to full operations by January, the Department of Transport has told the Irish Examiner.

They were suspended last month after life jackets malfunctioned.

As a result volunteers at 23 of the service’s 44 stations equipped with rigid inflatable boats (RIB's) and smaller D-Class boats couldn’t launch any rescue operations.

An investigation into the malfunctioning lifejackets involving the IRCG, the supplier and the manufacturer is underway to identify the cause and provide for “a speedy, effective and safe solution”.

In reply to questions from the newspaper (click here for more on story), a departmental spokesperson said: “By the end of this week, 11 of the 23 units will return to full operations.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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