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UK Coastguard Reforms Branded 'Shambles'
Britain's shadow transport secretary has branded a "shambles" plans to reform the UK coastguard service that could see the closure of Northern Ireland's only dedicated search and rescue base. The Belfast Telegraph reports that Labour's Maria Eagle questioned Secretary of…
False Alarm for Kitesurfer 'Pulled Out to Sea'
A number of local Search and Rescue Units were involved in the search for a Kite Surfer who was seen being pulled out to sea approximately 3 miles off Balaggan Point, Co Louth yesterday, according to SAR Ireland. Full CH…
'Grave Consequences' If UK Coastguard Stations Close Says Union
Union leaders and seafarers have spoken out over the proposed closure of coastguard stations across the UK as a parliamentary committee begins its inquiry into the cutbacks. http://www.afloat.ie/safety/coastguard/ Northern Ireland's only full-time search and rescue centre at Bangor is one…
Dublin Bay Mudflat Rescue Caught on Video
A Dubliner had a lucky escape after being stranded on mudflats between Baldoyle and Sutton Point, on Dublin Bay last week.The man had sunk waist-deep in mud on a low tide and was unable to free himself. Dublin Fire Brigade…
Fruitless Search After Distress Call from Stolen Radio
Coastguards at Holyhead engaged in a frantic but fruitless search on Saturday after a distress call that was tracked to a stolen radio. Motorboat & Yachting reports that the north Wales rescue team picked up the automated distress call at…
Irish Coast Guard Chopper Deal Could Be Model for UK
The director of the Irish Coast Guard has outlined the thinking behind its recent €500m deal for helicopter search and rescue services. Chris Reynolds told Rotorhub that a simplified model based on key critera was adopted when choosing a bigger…
DSC Radio Distress Alert from Ireland Triggers Major Search
Holyhead Coastguard coordinated an extensive search on Saturday after receiving a VHF DSC automated distress alert.  No casualty vessel was found. At 7.50pm on Saturday, Holyhead Coastguard received a VHF DSC automated distress alert, with no position and a search…
Possible Rethink on UK Coastguard Cutbacks
The British government could be ready to change its plans for the streamlining of the UK coastguard service. The Belfast Telegraph reports that while there will be no turning back on reforms, concessions such as closing fewer stations and keeping…
Three 14 Year Olds Cut off By Tide
After dealing with 93 people who were cut off by the tide in separate incidents yesterday, Liverpool Coastguard sent several rescue resources to three 14-year-old boys this afternoon after they were stranded on the sands in the upper reaches of…
Two Crew Rescued from Sinking Boat
Two crew members have been rescued by lifeboat from a 20-foot fishing boat after they issued a mayday stating that they were sinking a mile south of Black Head on the Isle of Man. Liverpool Coastguard received the mayday from…
Liverpool Coastguard Rescues 93 People
Liverpool Coastguard are reminding people to check the tide times before venturing out to the coast today after they sent resources to rescue 93 people cut off by the tide in five different incidents on the Irish Sea this afternoon.…
British Coastguard Fears Loss of Choppers
The union representing coastguard staff in the UK has expressed its fears over the loss of air rescue services when a number of helicopters are transferred to Ireland next year. Under CHC's €500m contract to provide search and rescue services…
Loss of Bangor 'Would Jeopardise Air Rescues'
Ireland's free provision of air-sea rescue services to Northern Ireland could be in jeopardy if the Bangor coastguard centre is closed, a DUP MP has warned. In today's Belfast Telegraph, Strangford's Jim Shannon said that loss of the cross-border relationship…
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…

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