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Naval Divers Search for Missing Fishing Crew after Boat Sinks off Glandore
#RESCUE – Naval divers are searching a sunken Irish registered vessel for three missing people off Glandore harbour Co. Cork this morning. An operation is underway after a distress call was made at 6 am. Six people were on board…
Hearing, Speech Impaired Can Text '112' for Coastguard, Emergency Services
#COASTGUARD - The Irish Coast Guard is among the services that can be contacted through a new emergency text scheme for the deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired, The Irish Times reports. A pilot for the new www.112.ie service…
Efforts Continue to Locate Missing Fisherman on the Irish Sea
#MAN OVERBOARD – At 02.29 am, Holyhead coastguard received a call from a fishing vessel to report one of their crew missing, he had been last seen onboard 1.2 miles west of South Stack on the Irish Sea. A mayday…
Eight Searches at Cliffs of Moher in 2011 for Doolin Coastguard
#COASTGUARD - The Irish Coast Guard's Doolin unit conducted eight searches for missing people at the Cliffs of Moher in 2011, according to The Irish Times. Doolin officer Mattie Shannon told the paper that six bodies were recovered by the…
New SAR Exhibition at Cornwall Maritime Museum
#SAR – Force 10 storm, zero visibility, 40ft waves, someone needs rescuing. It's time to go to work. Search and Rescue, the new blockbuster exhibition from National Maritime Museum Cornwall invites you to enter the world of the rescue services…
Coast Guard, RNLI Funding Escapes Cuts
#COASTGUARD – Funding for the Coast Guard and the RNLI will be protected at existing levels in 2012, Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar confirmed today (Saturday). Speaking during a New Year's Eve visit to thank volunteers at…
Queen Recognises Coastguard in New Years Honours List
#NEWYEARSHONOURS – The UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has congratulated Mark Rodaway, Wendy Wood and Paul Kelly who were honoured in the Queen's New Year's Honours List. All received their awards for their contribution to Maritime Safety. Mark Rodaway,…
Cargo Ready for Transfer from 'Cracked' Ship
#SHIPPING – Plans to remove the cargo of 54,304 tonnes of Vacuum Gas Oil from the merchant vessel 'Genmar Companion' have now been finalised. The transfer will start on 31 December 2011 (weather permitting). The vessel has been sheltering off…
New Helicopter for Irish Coast Guard is Completed
#COASTGUARD - Sikorsky has completed production of a new S-92 helicopter for the Irish Coast Guard under the rescue service's €500 million deal with CHC Ireland. The US-based helicopter firm and CHC formalised the purchase on Wednesday (21 December) with…
Coast Guard Issues Warning as Storms Forecast for this Week
#STORM – Members of the public have today been urged to heed the advice of the Irish Coast Guard as Met Eireann has forecast very windy or stormy conditions today with winds gusting 100 to 140km/hr, strongest along the North…
Go-Ahead for Killybegs Coastguard Station
#COASTGUARD - The Office of Public Works has given the go-ahead to a long-awaited new coastguard station for Killybegs, the Donegal Democrat reports. The multi-million-euro three-storey station - replacing the current 20-year-old building, which is deemed no longer suitable to…
Russian Ambassador Proposes Reward for Swanland Rescuers
#COASTGUARD - Russia's ambassador to Britain has proposed rewarding rescuers involved in the search for missing seamen in the Irish Sea last week following the sinking of the cargo ship Swanland. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the cargo vessel -…
Couple Rescued After Failed Attempt to Board Yacht
#RESCUE– A couple in their sixties were rescued from the water in the River Teifi, Cardigan today after their attempt to climb aboard their yacht ended with them both in the water. Milford Haven Coastguard received a call from a…
Update on Search for Swanland Crew
#SWANLAND–Eleven coastguard rescue teams and an RAF helicopter have completed a search of the north Wales coast this morning, following the loss of the cargo carrier 'Swanland' in the early hours of yesterday morning. Although some additional wreckage including a…
Search for Missing Seafarers Finishes for the Night
#RESCUE–The search for the five merchant seafarers who are missing ten miles west of the Lleyn peninsula, Gwynedd has finished for this evening and will be reassessed at first light.Four lifeboats, four helicopters, three coastguard rescue teams, two merchant vessels…
Search Continues for Six Seafarers Missing on the Irish Sea
#RESCUE–Holyhead Coastguard is currently coordinating the search for six merchant seafarers who are missing in gale force weather 10 miles west of the Lleyn peninsula, Gwynedd. The 81-metre cargo  carrier, 'Swanland'  broadcast a mayday message at  2.00 am this morning.…

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