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The Tekever AR5 drone deploying its inflatable lifeboat payload in a safe location to aid the rescue of a person stranded in the water
A Portuguese drone company has confirmed the successful deployment of an inflatable lifeboat from one of its drones as part of an exercise with the Italian Coast Guard. According to Marine Industry News, the Tekever AR5 drone — which resembles…
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Police officers in Coleraine have been praised after their rescue of two kayakers from the River Bann in Northern Ireland earlier this week. Dog walkers noticed the kayakers had gotten into difficulty in the river at around 6.20pm on Tuesday…
A simulated Major Incident Exercise will take place in January on the University of Limerick north campus as Paramedic Studies students, emergency personnel from Limerick Fire and Rescue Service, National Ambulance Service and the Explosive Ordnance Division (EOD) of the Irish Defence Forces (bomb squad) accompanied by An Garda Siochána responded to a highly realistic training exercise
A swift water rescue in the River Shannon is one of several situations which students will have to respond to at a major incident exercise at the University of Limerick. Loading a stretcher onto an Irish Coast Guard helicopter while…
Organisers of Christmas Day or New Year swims are advised to have suitably trained personnel in attendance and to appoint a Safety Officer
The Coast Guard, Water Safety Ireland and the RNLI have issued a joint appeal for the festive season, urging people to be mindful of the potential risks with their chosen activity and attend to their personal safety in planning and…
The event will start at 8.30 am on Saturday 2nd December, and at 1 pm, all boats will gather on the Liffey at the Sean O’Casey footbridge
‘All In A Row Charity Liffey Challenge 2023’ is coming to the capital’s River Liffey on Saturday, 2nd December, with a challenge for rowing teams to smash a 1,000km target in eight hours. 22 rowing clubs will row the challenge…
James Doherty accepted the award on behalf of his father, Francis Doherty, who received a Silver Medal and a Certificate of Bravery at the Oireachtas National Bravery Awards. Doherty of Donegal was awarded a silver medal and certificate of bravery for rescuing a woman from the sea at Carrickfin Beach, Co Donegal, on May 15th, 2022
Outstanding courage in sea and river rescues has been recognised in the National Bravery Awards presented at Dublin’s Farmleigh House today (Friday, Nov 10). A total of 26 certificates, six bronze medals,13 silver medals and a posthumous gold medal were…
The European Maritime Safety Agency based in Lisbon, Portugal is one of the EU's decentralised agencies
Reported marine casualties and incidents involving ships flying an EU flag or within EU waters fell in 2022, the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) says. Its annual overview says 2022 was “a positive year in terms of the reduction or…
Skyhope freighter rescuers on the pier at Ballydavid in 1977
hileThe role of three fishermen in rescuing the crew of a ship off Kerry in 1977 after the violent death of one of their colleagues is recalled in a newly released documentary for the RTÉ Doc on One radio series.…
IMRF Awards: Geoffrey Denman from the Canadian Coast Guard was one of the joint winners of the Vladimir Maksimov Award for Lifetime Achievement in Maritime SAR, sponsored by Inmarsat.
The winners of this year's International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) Awards have been announced in recognition of all those involved in global maritime search and rescue (SAR) efforts. The IMRF Awards acknowledge those that have shown excellence in their field,…
JJohn McShane, Ron Schippers, Mark O'Callaghan, Cormac Nott of the Irish Coast Guard Rescue 118 helicopter base in Sligo appear in TG4's Tarrthálaithe na hÉireann TV series
The work of the Irish Coast Guard, mountain rescue and community rescue boat teams is profiled in a new series filmed last autumn for TG4. Tarrthálaithe na hÉireann, an eight-part series, was made by Big Mountain Productions and starts on…
File image of Lough Neagh Rescue’s inshore lifeboat Bungy
Lough Neagh Rescue says interference with access to the water due to silting issues “will cost lives”, as BelfastLive reports. The Northern Ireland community lifeboat group said two call-outs in recent days were delayed due to silt blockages at Maghery…
The investigation by the Department of Rural and Community Development also found lifeguards in Clare have “concerns regarding the level of equipment and facilities provided”
An investigation into a claim under protected disclosure by a senior lifeguard that rescues off Co Clare’s coastline was under-recorded has found a discrepancy of 44 per cent in the figures. As The Sunday Independent reports, the investigation into the…
Lifeguards preparing to launch a drone from Crantock Beach in Newquay
The RNLI has partnered with the UK’s Royal Life Saving Society to test the use of drones in emergency responses. As Marine Industry News reports, RNLI lifeguards in Cornwall have been using a waterproof drone from Swell Pro to help…
File image of White Strand at Derrynane, Co Kerry
Tragedy was averted this August Bank Holiday weekend when a grandfather and his grandson were rescued from the sea after their kayak capsized off White Strand in Co Kerry. As the Kerryman reports, emergency services including the Irish Coast Guard’s…
The SAR Joint Exercise on the North Down Coast gets underway
On Monday last (17th), several search and rescue teams held a very active training session out of the village of Groomsport on the North Down coast. Taking part alongside Lagan Search and Rescue’s Ribcraft Class 1 Lifeboat were Bangor Atlantic…
Galway Fire Brigade personnel at the Queen's Gap in Galway
A multi-agency group warns that lives of rescuers on Galway’s river Corrib are being put at risk by salmon and eel traps on a city stretch below the Salmon Weir. As The Sunday Independent report, Galway’s chief fire officer Gerry…