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CHC Ireland crews make full use of Priority 1 Air Rescue France facilities to further their skills and practice complex procedures
CHC Helicopter today announced it has successfully completed a trial collaboration with Priority 1 Air Rescue to deliver ground-breaking Virtual Reality (‘VR’) training for its Search and Rescue (‘SAR’) technical crew members. The trial involved winch operators from CHC’s operations…
Kevin Barr with on left Geraldine Mullen (the lady who he saved from Lough Foyle) and on right Ceann Comhairle Sean O'Fearghail T.D., who received a Gold medal at the Oireachtas National Bravery awards
Several marine and river rescues merited national bravery awards presented at Farmleigh House in Dublin on Friday. Greencastle Coast Guard unit member Kevin Barr was presented with a gold medal for rescuing Geraldine Mullan from Lough Foyle, Co Donegal, on…
Former Rescue 115 helicopter pilot Dave Courtney, Sean McHale Killala Coast Guard, Retd Garda Seán O Connell, Insp Joe Finnegan, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, Stg Ciaran Doyle, Ret Garda Dave Mulhall, Stg Kieran Flynn, Ret Chief Supt Tony Mc Namara, Mayo Division
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has been asked to recognise the bravery of two gardai who played a key role in a harrowing cave rescue in north Mayo 25 years ago. Retired chief superintendent Tony McNamara made the appeal at an…
Search&Rescue (SAR) Awards: The Team R/V Ocean Viking from SOS Mediterraneé won the IMRF's Outstanding Team Contribution to Maritime SAR Operations.
This year's winners of the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) Awards, which recognise all those involved in maritime search and rescue (SAR) from around the world, which was held 'online' at its European Regional Meeting on 19 October 2022. The…
A still from video captured by Guillen Coast Guard’s drone as it illuminated the area for Crosshaven RNLI to rescue a woman trapped by the rising tide at White Bay on 11 October 2022
The Irish Coast Guard has shared video of a drone-assisted rescue in Cork Harbour which it says illustrates the increasing importance of new technology in emergency responses. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Crosshaven RNLI rescued a woman who was cut…
Bens Surf Clinic in Lahinch
A sea swimmer was resuscitated after sustaining a head injury in the water at Lahinch in Co Clare on Saturday afternoon (1 October), as the Irish Examiner reports. It’s understood that the woman casualty was retrieved from the water to…
Downpatrick Head was a stop on the 2021 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series circuit
A man has been rescued from a sea cave on the Co Mayo coast in which he has been trapped for close to 24 hours. A multi-agency rescue operation had been awaiting low tide this afternoon (Sunday 18 September) to…
A shaken Bear the dog is brought to safety by Doolin Coast Guard volunteers after his cliff fall ordeal
A dog has escaped serious injury as he was rescued from the sea after falling more than 70 feet from a cliff near Doolin in Co Clare. As TheJournal.ie reports, Irish Coast Guard volunteers responded to the call for help…
File image of Portaferry RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Portaferry RNLI in Northern Ireland rescued a male after he drifted more than a mile out to sea while holding on to the edge of a 15ft cabin cruiser on Tuesday afternoon (23 August). The lifeboat crew were launched to…
RNLI systems technician Euan Noble
RNLI systems technician Euan Noble was enjoying his weekend off at Portrush’s East Strand when his girlfriend Charlotte spotted two children struggling in the water on Sunday afternoon (21 August). Euan, an experienced surfer who works to maintain the mechanics…
Lagan Search and Rescue's new Class 2 Lifeboat
Lagan Search and Rescue has a new Class 2 Lifeboat on station. The independent charity is run by volunteers and based at Belfast Harbour Marina on the River Lagan in the City. It covers all types of search and rescue…
Lough Derg RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Jean Spier en route to the vessel reportedly taking on water and sinking near Mountshannon
Seven people were rescued from their 60ft vessel after it took on water and began sinking in Lough Derg yesterday afternoon, Monday 11 July. Lough Derg RNLI, Killaloe Coast Guard and the Irish Coast Guard’s Shannon-based helicopter Rescue 115 were…
File image of a boat in Blasket Sound with the Blasket Islands in the distance
RTÉ News reports that 10 people were rescued from a boat taking on water off the Blasket Islands yesterday evening, Friday 8 July. Nine of the group took refuge on a local fishing boat that diverted to assist while one…
Dundalk Sub Aqua Search & Rescue
Dundalk Sub Aqua Search & Rescue have been named as one of five finalists in the Sport category on this year’s National Lottery Good Causes Awards, as The Argus reports. It comes just months after the Co Louth diving club…
Lough Neagh Rescue
On Sunday 5th June lifeboats went to the aid of a jet ski with two people on board in difficulties on the River Blackwater which flows into the south western corner of Lough Neagh. It was towed to Maghery where…
Ellen Glynn and Sara Feeney
In the first of three extracts from Lorna Siggins’ new book, Search and Rescue, the journalist and regular Afloat.ie contributor recounts the harrowing ordeal of two Galway cousins, Sara Feeney and Ellen Glynn, who were reported missing on 12 August…

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