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Portree lifeboat approaches the grounded cargo ship MV Kaami
Eight crew were rescued from a cargo ship out of Drogheda that ran aground off the Isle of Skye in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides early yesterday morning (Monday 23 March). The MV Kaami had left Drogheda Port on the evening of…
Emergency teams at Killyleagh in Co Down responding to the kayaking incident in Strangford Lough
Portaferry’s coastguard rescue team was paged yesterday morning (Saturday 7 March) to a report of multiple kayakers capsized in the water off Killyleagh on Strangford Lough. Portaferry RNLI were also tasked to the incident, recovering four individuals from the water…
File image of the Shannon-based Rescue 115
The Irish Coast Guard’s Shannon-based helicopter launched to rescue two seriously injured crew from a Dutch supertrawler on Friday morning (6 March), as the Irish Examiner reports. Rescue 115 was dispatched yesterday to the Zeeland, a 6,000-tonne fishing factory, following…
Howth RNLI’s inshore lifeboat approaches the stranded duo (circled) at the base of cliffs in Balscadden Bay
Howth RNLI launched their Inshore lifeboat yesterday (Tuesday 3 March) to rescue two people stranded on rocks in Balscadden Bay. Pagers sounded at 1.58pm after a call was placed to the coastguard reporting two people stranded at the base of…
File image of the Sligo-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 118
Calls have been made for people rescued from the water while going against safety advice and weather warnings to be “handed the bill” for their rescue, after two surfers were saved off the Sligo coast during Storm Jorge at the…
File image of Rosie Hackett Bridge between O’Connell Bridge and Butt Bridge on the River Liffey
BreakingNews.ie reports that three people have been rescued from the River Liffey by the fire brigade in Dublin city centre this afternoon (Monday 24 February). It’s understood that two of the individuals jumped into the water to save the first…
File image of the Irish Coast Guard
A multi-agency operation was launched to rescue a kayaker trapped in a river gorge in Co Clare yesterday afternoon (Saturday 15 February). As TheJournal.ie reports, the kayaker was one of a group who got into difficulty on the Allie River…
Rescue 116 pictured over Wicklow in August 2015
The Minister for Transport’s approval of a review of the Air Accident Investigation Unit’s draft final report into the Rescue 116 helicopter crash has been described as “unprecedented” by the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (IALPA) writes Lorna Siggins. The pilots’…
Arklow RNLI in the Co Wicklow town’s harbour on a calmer day
Volunteers from Arklow RNLI were called to the scene where two people were injured after a wave swept them from the upper deck of a pier in the Co Wicklow town yesterday (Sunday 22 December). As TheJournal.ie reports, it’s understood…
Matthew Sills – Waterford  On the 5th of August 2019, Matthew was out and about in Tramore when he noticed a large group of people looking very panicked on the prom. This group was watching a brother and sister trying in vain to escape a rip current. A doctor and former lifeguard, Matthew had rescue equipment in his car and instantly ran for a rescue tube. He rushed into the water fully clothed and made his way to the two swimmers. At this point the woman had lost a lot of energy so Matthew placed the rescue tube around her and offered practical advice to the man. Matthew remarkably steered the swimmers ashore.
Seventeen lives were saved from drowning by rescuers who will receive recognition at Water Safety Ireland’s National Annual Awards Ceremony at the O’Reilly Hall in UCD this afternoon (Tuesday 26 November). Michael Ring, Minister for Rural & Community Development, will…
UK Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre worked overnight to oversee the search and rescue operation in Indonesia
HM Coastguard in the UK was among the agencies joining an international search operation last night (Friday 22 November) after a superyacht sank off Indonesia. While initially believed to be a UK-registered vessel, it was quickly confirmed that the yacht,…
Bundoran RNLI’s volunteer crew make their way to the scene
Four people have been rescued from an island off the Sligo coast after their vessel washed up on rocks. Bundoran RNLI’s volunteer crew launched to the incident at Inishmurray Island yesterday afternoon (Sunday 3 November) along with the Irish Coast…
Members of Lagan Search & Rescue
Belfast used to turn its back on the River Lagan. Not anymore writes Betty Armstrong. Within the city much development, both commercial and urban, has taken place around the river – a weir, Belfast Harbour Marina, riverside walks, a new…
Howth Coast Guard’s new rescue ROV
Howth Coast Guard has successfully deployed its new remote operated vehicle (ROV) for the first time in a missing person exercise last night (Wednesday 30 October). After several weeks of training, the coastguard team set out to locate a potential…
Portaferry and Newcastle RNLI working with Rescue 116 to rescue the crew of the grounded fishing boat
Five crew were rescued from a fishing vessel that ran aground on rocks on approach to Ardglass Harbour early yesterday morning (Wednesday 23 October). Portaferry and Newcastle RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews launched to assist after a Mayday call from the…
(from left) Michael, Jim and James Gallagher at home in Burtonport, Co Donegal with a photo of half-decker Irine which helped to rescue 15 people, mainly young children, off Roaninish in August 1956
The relatives of a Fermanagh woman who was one of 18 people rescued by two Donegal fishermen have expressed delight that the men are to receive national bravery awards – all of 63 years after the event writes Lorna Siggins James…

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