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On 13 March 2017, the Rescue 116 crew of Capt. Dara Fitzpatrick, Capt. Mark Duffy, Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith took off from Dublin airport just after 11 p.m. for a medical evacuation off the west coast of Ireland. The…
On Monday, May 2 Lough Neagh Rescue was alerted by Belfast Coastguard to reports of an overturned Jetski in Antrim Bay on the Northeast corner of what is the largest freshwater lake in the British Isles and Ireland. Two casualties…
Rescue 116 attending the rescue of stranded walkers off Sandymount on Tuesday
Calls have been made for greater public awareness over the risks of incoming tides after three people were rescued off Sandymount earlier this week. A multi-agency response involving Dun Laoghaire RNLI and the Irish Coast Guard’s Dublin-based helicopter Rescue 116…
Lagan Search and Rescue
Lagan Search and Rescue is looking for new team members. Based out of Belfast Harbour and Lough, Lagan SAR operates an Independent Lifeboat, Type B Flood Team, Quayside Response, and Rescue Swimmer Corps. The crew is made up of dedicated…
Ricardo Arias Garcia being carried into hospital in Galway in October 2000
One of the 21 fishermen feared dead after a Spanish fishing vessel sank off the Newfoundland coast this week was the sole survivor of a dramatic rescue two decades ago off the Irish west coast. Ricardo Arias Garcia was winched…
The Safer Waters team on the water in Northern Ireland
Safer Waters is a unique service in Northern Ireland, established in 2020 to provide a Safety Boat service for water-based community events. The service is there to support events such as Sailing, Swimming, Paddle Boarding and Windsurfing that have no…
Edwin Poots MLA and Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (right) afloat in the Lagan Search and Rescue lifeboat
Lagan Search and Rescue (LSR)  on Belfast Lough has announced that following a successful application to the Department of Agriculture Rural Community Rescue Scheme, the charity will be able to replace its ageing fleet of emergency response vehicles, update personal…
Foyle Search and Rescue (From L-R): Stephen Twells, Minister Edwin Poots MLA, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Graham Warke, Gary Middleton MLA, Brian Óg Mullan
Derry based Foyle Search and Rescue has welcomed a £150,000 boost from the Rural Community Rescue Scheme, Belfast Live reports. The charity, which saves countless lives of people in distress in the community every year, said the monies through the…
Waterford Coastguard's search and rescue helicopter
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan has bowed to pressure over the future of the Waterford helicopter search and rescue base by amending the tender for the new Coast Guard aviation service. The amendment will specify four helicopter bases, including Waterford,…
Community Rescue Service Regional Commander, Sean McCarry, from Co. Antrim
The Community Rescue Service (CRS) is a charitable search and rescue organisation operated by volunteers from communities across Northern Ireland and in the Queen’s New Year Honours the Regional Commander, Sean McCarry, from Co. Antrim, has been made an OBE…
Air Ambulance NI in the skies above a HM Coastguard search and rescue vehicle
Two open water swimmers who got into difficulty during their Christmas Day swim near Bangor in Northern Ireland have been praised for wearing kit that made it easier to find them. The pair were reported to be having problems in…
Rescue teams recover residents from their homes in flooded Bridgetown, Co Wexford on Christmas Day
Fethard RNLI joined Kilmore Quay’s coastguard unit in a multi-agency operation to rescue local residents trapped in their homes by heavy flooding on Christmas Day, according to RTÉ News. It’s reported that a number of people in the village of…
File image of the Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115
A crew member on a Spanish fishing vessel who fell ill with a suspected stroke was airlifted in an operation off the South West Coast on Thursday (2 December), as TheJournal.ie reports. The Irish Coast Guard’s Shannon-based helicopter Rescue 115…
File image of Black Rock at Spanish Point in Co Clare
Breaking News reports that a woman has been rescued after getting into difficulty while swimming at Spanish Point on the Co Clare coast this morning (Sunday 28 November). It’s understood that the woman, in her 60s, found herself out of…
The Waterford-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117
Individuals who risked their own lives to aid others in peril on the water made up the bulk of this year’s National Bravery Awards, which were presented by the Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl on Friday (12 November). The ceremony…
A Safer Waters training exercise
Last year Mike Meharg, George King and Allan Black set up Safer Waters, now a registered charity and not-for-profit provider of voluntary safety cover and training for recreational water users in Northern Ireland. It is a recognised RYA Training Centre…

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