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Marine Minister to Have Air-Sea Rescue Remit
Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney will have the remit for air and sea search and rescue services, it has emerged. The Irish Times reports that the move is part of a promised consolidation of maritime functions under the new…
Minister's Praise of Bangor Coastguard 'Rings Hollow'
UK Shipping Minister Mike Penning's praise of staff at Northern Ireland's only coastguard station has been described as 'hollow' by a DUP MLA. Penning had described his meeting with staff at the Bangor coastguard centre, which is threatened with closure…
Howth Coastguard and Lifeboat Rescue Teenager
In a joint operation, Howth Coast Guard and Howth lifeboat rescued a teenage girl who collapsed on Howth Head today at approx 6pm (March 17th). Scroll down for Video. The teenager had walked down a 100 foot steep cliff path…
Penning Says Meeting with Bangor Coastguard Staff Clears Air
UK Shipping Minister Mike Penning described his meeting with Bangor coastguard staff last week as "a breath of fresh air", BBC News reports. Last Wednesday Penning met staff at Northern Ireland's only coastguard centre, which is threatened with closure under…
Spending the Day with the Howth Coast Guard
The Government news service recently paid a visit to the Howth Coast Guard unit to see some of its 24 volunteers train on the water and cliffs. Cliff rescue forms a major part of the work done by…
Coast Guard National Courage Awardees Attend Brimingham's St. Patricks Parade
Achill Coast Guard Unit, (recipients of a National Courage Award in November 2010) will this weekend be honoured as part of the festivities for the third largest St. Patricks Parade in the world (in Birmingham, UK). The Unit were invited…
Bangor Locals Confront Officials Over Coastguard Centre Closure
Bangor locals came face-to-face with officials from the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) over the proposals to close Northern Ireland's only full-time sea rescue base. The Belfast Telegraph reports that MCA bosses were loudly heckled when they tried to…
Coastguard Calls for Doolin Pier Go-Ahead
The Doolin Coast Guard Unit has urged Clare County Council to continue its €6 million development plan for Doolin Point. The pier plan has faced opposition from surfers who argue that the development will ruin the popular waves in the…
Coast Guard Hits Out Over Search & Rescue Deal Reports
The Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) has lashed out over newspaper articles on the recent €500m deal with CHC Ireland to provide search and rescue services. The it was recently reported in an Irish newspaper that Fine Gael TD Fergus O'Dowd…
Public Meeting in Belfast on Coastguard Modernisation Proposals
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is holding a public meeting in Belfast on Thursday 3rd March 2011, about the proposed Coastguard modernisation programme. The meeting will provide an opportunity for the community around the existing Belfast Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre…
Missing 18-Year Old Found After Two Hour Search in Bangor
A search for a missing 18 year old boy that was launched after his friends feared he had fallen from Central Pier was stood down at 01.50 this morning after he was found hiding in the crew accommodation of a…
Coastguard Assists Mourne Rescue Team
Belfast coastguard responded to two requests assisting the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team on Saturday, BYM Marine & Maritime News reports. The first followed reports of an injured walker in the Glen River Valley around 2pm. Helicopter assistance was stood…
Bangor Closure 'Will Not Diminish Safety' Says MCA Chief
Proposals to close Northern Ireland's only coastguard control centre "will not diminish safety" at sea, according to the head of the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The Irish Independent reports that Vice-Admiral Sir Alan Massey insisted coastal emergency services would…
Search and Rescue Deal Under Question
The Irish Coast Guard's recent €500m deal with CHC Ireland to provide search and rescue services should be investigated, a Fine Gael TD has urged. According to the Irish Independent, Fergus O'Dowd is questioning the deal after receiving documents under…
Body Found in Galway Bay

Body Found in Galway Bay

15th February 2011
The body of a man was found yesterday on an uninhabited island in Galway Bay, according to RTÉ News. The body was discovered on the shoreline of Rabbit Island, close to the entrance to Galway Harbour, by a coastguard…
Answers Demanded Over Bangor Closure Proposals
Local people will voice their opposition to the proposed closure of Northern Ireland's only coastguard rescue base at a public meeting with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) next month, the Belfast Telegraph reports. Supporters of the Bangor facility,…

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