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Search and Rescue Services Firm Reports Loss
The Canadian company that provides search and rescue helicopter services for the Coast Guard has reported a €1.5 million operating loss in the 2009-2010 fiscal year, according to the Irish Independent. http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/rescue-helicopter-firm-suffers-euro15m-loss-2520903.html CHC Ireland, the local division of the world's…
Flare Sightings Prompt Kilkeel Search
A search coordinated by Belfast Coastguard that was prompted by several reports of sightings of red flares at the mouth of Carlingford Lough was stood down last evening after nothing was found. The first sightings of the red flares came…
Coast Guard Appeals Over Chinese Lanterns
The Coast Guard has appealed the public to notify them before lighting and releasing Chinese lanterns. The lanterns have been a regular sight in the night sky since the beginning of the year, but can resemble emergency flares when they…
New Blog with Streaming Search and Rescue Audio
A new blog has been setup by fans of Irish SAR teams that has the latest SAR info and live audio streams of marine band comms. The latest rescue updates are available on the Twitter hashtag #ircg and the Blog site…
Search Underway for Missing Ferry Passenger
Clyde Coastguard are currently co-ordinating a search for a missing male passenger after they were reported missing by a coach driver when the ferry, the 'European Highlander', docked at Cairnryan in Scotland after travelling from Larne in Northern Ireland. The…
Campaign to Preserve NI Coastguard Service
Supporters of Northern Ireland's coastguard control centre have launched a campaign to prevent any reduction of its service. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre at Bangor faces the axe under proposals to streamline coastguard services across…
Cameron Dodges Issue of Bangor Closure
British Prime Minister has dismissed concerns over the potential loss of Northern Ireland's Coastguard centre. The Belfast Telegraph reports that when questioned on the future of the Bangor control centre by DUP MP Jim Shannon, David Cameron replied that he…
Coast Guard Statistics Show more than 3,500 people assisted, a 20% increase on 2009
Today, the Irish Coast Guard published details of incidents responded to in 2010, which show the following important trends: A total of 3,570 persons were assisted last year, a 20% increase on the 2009 figure. Total number of incidents responded to…
Coast Guard Rescues Woman in Clontarf
A Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched to rescue a woman from the water close to Bull Bridge in Clontarf on Sunday night, The Irish Times reports. http://news.ie.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=155746525 Four Coast Guard search teams were deployed to the area after a passer-by…
Fishermen Rescued From Sinking Vessel off Ardglass
Four fishermen have been rescued last night from a 58 foot wooden Fishing Vessel 'Karen', after hitting rocks near the entrance to Ardglass Harbour and taking on water. The crew of the Fishing vessel had prepared their liferaft, as the…
Coastguard Rescue Teams Assist NHS in Snow Affected Areas
Welsh Coastguard Rescue Teams along the Irish Sea coast are assisting the NHS in North Wales today as heavy snow affects the area. Cemaes Coastguard Rescue Team transported critical staff from Llanddeusant to Cefni Hospital, Llanerchymedd and Llangefni to Ysbyty…
NI Coastguard Centre Faces Scale Back, Possible Closure
The UK's shipping minister has announced proposals that would see a reduction in operational hours or even the closure of Northern Ireland's coastguard command centre. Earlier this week news emerged that the rescue command centre at Bangor was under threat…
Single Handed Yachtsman Caught in Gale Calls for Assistance
Liverpool Coastguard have been coordinating assistance to a small yacht 'The Tern' since 3.00 am this morning at Whitehaven on the Irish Sea Coast. The yacht owner had been seeking permission to come into the harbour seeking a safe haven…
New World Class Coast Guard National Marine Operations Centre Opens
This morning Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey TD opened the new Irish Coast Guard National Marine Operations Centre in the Irish Coast Guard headquarters, Leeson Lane, Dublin 2. The Irish Coast Guard National Maritime Operations Centre houses Ireland’s Maritime Rescue…
Stornoway Helicopter Reports Busiest Year Ever
Scottish Coastguard rescue helicopter based in Stornoway has recorded its busiest ever year after clocking up in excess of 200 callouts in 2010. It is the first time the rescue helicopter team has reached the milestone figure for missions in any…
NI Coastguard Centre May Face Closure
Public spending cuts in the UK could see the closure of Northern Ireland's only coastguard rescue command centre, the News Letter reports. The coalition government is expected to announce phasing out of a number of the UK's 19 coastguard centres…

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