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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…
The Stena Superfast VIII launched its fast rescue craft
In the early evening of Saturday, 2nd October, Belfast Coastguard put out a MAYDAY in response to a 20ft yacht with four people on board reportedly taking on water and without power, a mile north of Corsewall Point, at the…
Rescue 118 landed at Altnagelvin Area Hospital on Saturday night 25 September
One person was airlifted to hospital after a personal watercraft ran aground on the River Foyle, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. The Irish Coast Guard’s Sligo-based helicopter Rescue 118 was dispatched to the incident in Lisahally, Co Derry last night…
The search and rescue display off Baginbun Beach in Wexford
Over the weekend Fethard RNLI marked the 25th anniversary of the reopening of their lifeboat station, with an impressive search and rescue display off Baginbun Beach in Wexford. The search and rescue demonstration involved Fethard RNLI and their flanking lifeboat…
Ruairí McSorley in the viral video ‘Frostbit Boy’ in 2015
The swimmer rescued off the Kerry coast on Sunday (22 August) after a lifeboat crew spotted him surrounded by a pod of dolphins is the star of a popular online video, it’s emerged. As Independent.ie reports, Ruairí McSorley shot to…
Kilmore Quay RNLI attending to the yacht with rudder damage 50 miles off Wexford
Kilmore Quay RNLI rescued four people early this morning (Thursday 12 August) after their yacht got into difficulty and subsequently sank 50 miles off the Wexford coast. The volunteer crew were requested to launch their all-weather Tamar class lifeboat Killarney…
File image of Poll na bPéist on Inis Mór
Two Italian brothers rescued after they were knocked into the sea in the Aran Islands have returned to meet the coastguard crew who saved them. In February 2019, Giovanni and Ricardo Zanon were struck by an unexpected wave at Poll…
The rescue of the Lily B off Hook Head on 20 October 2020
The RNLI is to present three Irish lifeboat crews with gallantry awards for their role in a rescue last October that saved nine lives and prevented a 100m cargo vessel from hitting rocks at Hook Head. The coxswains of Dunmore…
Sara Feeney (left) Ellen Glynn on the shores of Galway Bay
The rescue of cousins Sara Feeney (23) and Ellen Glynn (17) after being swept out to sea on paddleboards captured the attention of the country last August. How a balmy summer's evening quickly turned into a nightmare for the cousins'…
a 20ft sailing boat was spotted capsized with two people on board
Yesterday (23rd July) Lough Neagh lifeboats were paged in the mid-afternoon by Belfast Coastguard to reports of a Personal Locator Beacon being activated. Lifeboats launched quickly and a search area within the Antrim Bay at the north end of the…
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