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Liverpool Coastguard Closure 'Will Put Safety at Risk'
A British MP has criticised plans to close Liverpool's coastguard station as 'dangerous'. http://afloat.ie/safety/coastguard/ The Liverpool command centre - which also covers the Irish Sea - is one of eight that face the axe under revised proposals to streamline Britain's…
Bangor's Future 'A Victory for People Power'
The decision to keep open Northern Ireland's only dedicated search and rescue base is a victory for people power, says the Belfast Telegraph. http://www.afloat.ie/safety/rescue/ http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/viewpoint/people-power-keeps-coastguard-afloat-16023561.html As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the station at Bangor was saved from closure following a…
Bangor Coastguard Centre Saved from the Chop
Northern Ireland's only dedicated search and rescue command centre has been saved from closure following a review of plans to streamline the UK's coastguard network. http://www.afloat.ie/safety/rescue/ http://www.afloat.ie/safety/coastguard/item/15940-decision-on-uk-coastguard-cuts-next-month/ BBC News reports that UK Transport Minister Phillip Hammond told the House of…
Four Teenagers Rescued in Dundrum Bay
At 6.00 pm yesterday, Belfast Coastguard received a 999 call from one of a party of four teenagers who were cut off by the tide and were up to their shoulders in water close to Ardilea, while walking from Ballykinler…
Callouts from Threatened NI Coastguard Centre On the Rise
Search and rescue operations from Northern Ireland's only dedicated coastguard centre are on the increase, the Belfast Telegraph reports. http://www.afloat.ie/safety/coastguard/ http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/threatened-coastguard-base-sees-callouts-rise-16020068.html The latest figures show that there were 50 per cent more callouts to the Bangor-based centre last year than…
Major Search Underway for Missing Person off Rathlin Island
A major search is underway for a missing person, believed to have fallen overboard from his boat off Rathlin Island. Belfast Coastguard received a call at 4:45pm from a ferry passing the area reporting they had seen a RIB with…
Lifejacket Saves a Life
An elderly man's life was saved this afternoon by his lifejacket after he fell from his yacht in to the water at Pembroke Ferry, on the Irish Sea. Milford Haven coastguard was called at just after 4pm by the father…
Decision on UK Coastguard Cuts Next Month
The final decision on plans to streamline the UK's network of coastguard centres will be taken next month, the News Letter reports. http://www.afloat.ie/safety/coastguard/ As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the 24-hour station at Bangor - which covers Nothern Ireland's coastline -…
Irish Sea Sailor Makes Call for Help
At 07.52 am today, Liverpool Coastguard monitored a call from someone making a radio call that was not specifically directed at any receiving station. A Liverpool Coastguard officer responded to the call and communicated with the man. It transpired that…
Milford Haven Fisherman Missing After Falling Overboard
At 08.21 am, the FV 'About Time' which is an under 15 metre registered FV which operates out of Milford Haven called Coastguard on Channel 16 to report that he had lost a crewman. There was three crew onboard and…
Agreement Strengthens Irish and French Search and Rescue
The Irish Coast Guard has signed up to an important Search and Rescue cooperation agreement with the French Coast Guard. Director of the Irish Coast Guard Chris Reynolds and Vice Admiral Anne-Francois de Saint-Salvy, Prefecture for the Atlantic Region and…
Irish Coast Guard Carries Out Urgent Evacuation of Transplant Patient to London
The Irish Coast Guard today successfully assisted the HSE in a medical evacuation of a young transplant patient from Dublin to London. The request for assistance was received by the Coast Guard at 2am this morning and involved a very…
UK Minister Grilled Over Coastguard Closures
The UK Shipping Minister has hit out at claims that Northern Ireland coastguards were barred from speaking to the Commons committee looking into plans to streamline the British coastguard network. According to the Belfast Telegraph, Minister Mike Penning maintained he…
South Down Coastguard Awarded Volunteer of the Year
British Coastguard Chief Executive Sir Alan Massey congratulated Coastguard Volunteer of the year John Lowry from the South Down Coastguard Rescue Team in Northern Ireland for the following reasons. In an incident on 1st June 2010 involving the South Down…
Missing Surfers Found in Cave
Coastguard and Lifeboat services were pressed in to action early this morning to search for missing surfers on the North Coast. At 02.20 am MRCC Belfast received a call from Police Service Northern Ireland reporting that they had received a…
UK Holidaymakers (in Turkey) Rescued with Help from British Coastguard
Liverpool Coastguard received a 999 call from a member of the public earlier today reporting that his friend had called him to say that her vessel had lost engine power and was drifting near Kalkan, off the coast of Turkey.…

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