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The UK Coastguard is praising a local coasteering group after they administered first aid and a splint to a teenage boy who injured his knee at Porth Dafarch, near Anglesey Wales.

Yesterday (Thursday 14 July 2016) at around 12.15pm the UK Coastguard received a 999 call from the group leader of a local coasteering group reporting that a teenage boy had sustained an injury to his knee in Porth Dafarch area.

Holyhead Coastguard Rescue Team arrived at the location almost immediately and asked for further assistance from the Trearddur Bay RNLI. Access to the teenager was difficult so UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Caernarfon was sent to the area to winch the teenager to safety. He was then transferred to Bangor Hospital.

UK Coastguard Duty Controller, Peter Davies said: ‘When the Holyhead Coastguard Rescue Team arrived on scene they found the group leaders administering first aid and keeping the teenager as comfortable as possible. The group leaders did a great job looking after the teenager until we were able to get to him and we’d like to thank them for all their assistance.

‘They were able to give us accurate and detailed information which allowed our teams to arrive swiftly to the right location. This was an unavoidable accident and we hope the teenager makes a swift recovery. We want people to enjoy the coast and always advise people join a coasteering group with a professional and reputable adventure centre, so that all the appropriate risk assessments and safety measures are in place if anything happens. This group did exactly the right thing calling the Coastguard as soon as the incident happened.’

Grant Mitchell, a former volunteer for Holyhead Coastguard Rescue Team and the group leader from Anglesey Adventures who was leading the coasteering group at the time said: ‘It’s important for children to participate in outdoor activities, to discover new places, under the right supervision and wearing the appropriate shoes and clothing. We train for these types situations and carry the right equipment, so we were fully prepared when this unfortunate incident happened. We’d just like to say a big thank you to the Holyhead Coastguard Rescue Team, the RNLI and the UK Coastguard helicopter who responded quickly to our call and helped airlift the boy to safety. He’s made a full recovery and his dislocated knee has been put back into place at the Bangor Hospital. He was released from hospital and has re-joined the group today.’

UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter winchman Chris Bradshaw said: ‘It was a great team effort from all the locally based rescue organisations and we’re really pleased to hear the boy has made a full recovery.’

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#RNLI - Ballycotton RNLI was launched around 2.30pm yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 12 July) to aid a man who had got into difficulty while swimming in East Cork's Ballyandreen Bay and called for help.

A member of the public heard the man's call and immediately alerted Valentia Coast Guard, who tasked Ballycotton's volunteer crew to launch both their all-weather and inshore lifeboats.

The inshore lifeboat was first to arrive on scene and the crew on board recovered the casualty from the water before transferring him to the all-weather lifeboat, where he was medically assessed, administered first aid and given oxygen.

The Irish Coast Guard's Waterford-based helicopter Rescue 117 was also tasked and arrived on scene around 3pm to airlift the casualty to Cork University Hospital, where he is said to be in a stable condition.

Speaking following the callout, Ballycotton RNLI coxswain Eolan Walsh said: "We would like to commend the member of the public who raised the alarm today as well as the immediate first aid action of the volunteer crew.

"Their quick-thinking and actions ensured that there was a positive outcome today for this casualty. We would also like to wish him a speedy recovery."

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#Coastguard - Coastguard teams from Achill and Ballyglass were involved in the recovery of the body of a young man from a popular tourism spot on the Mayo coast, as Independent.ie reports.

Achill Coast Guard's cliff rescue unit were called into action to recover the suspected faller from the 65ft blowhole at Dun na mBó after reports of a missing person in the area.

A spokesperson for Achill Coast Guard described the almost five-hour operation as "extremely dangerous, challenging and technically difficult" as the casualty was located in a cave within the blowhole, with sea water rushing in from the base.

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#Coastguard - Shannon's Irish Coast Guard helicopter was launched yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 14 June) to evacuate an injured crewmember from an Irish fishing vessel off the Kerry coast.

Top cover was provided by a second coastguard helicopter as Rescue 115 flew to the boat 120 miles west of the Blasket Islands to recover the injured party for treatment.

In another incident, coastguard volunteers recovered the body of a man from the base of the Cliffs of Moher last night, as BreakingNews.ie reports.

Units from Doolin and Kilkee responded when the alarm was raised around 5pm yesterday, eventually lifting the body to the cliff top four hours later. Gardaí are investigating.

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The search is ongoing for a microlight aircraft with two people on board, after it was reported missing last night. UK Coastguard is continuing to co-ordinate the search, which had to be suspended because of fog at 3am today (10th June).

Coastguard Rescue Teams from Ballycastle, Coleraine, Port Muck and Larne are expected to carry out a shore search, while RNLI lifeboats from Larne, Red Bay and Portrush are also going to be involved.

A fixed wing aircraft and the Irish Coastguard search and rescue helicopter are also expected to be part of the search which is being carried out over inland and coastal areas, along with other emergency services and agencies.

James Instance, duty controller with UK Coastguard said, ‘The weather has caused problems for the search operation. However we have drawn up an extensive search and rescue plan which will be put into action today.’

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#Coastguard - Two people on board a 30ft cruiser were rescued by the Irish Coast Guard's Killaloe unit yesterday evening (Monday 23 May), as the Irish Examiner reports.

The coastguard team towed the boat into deeper water after it ran aground on Lough Derg before 6pm - and an ROV was used to confirm there was no damage to the underside of the vessel.

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The Doolin Coastguard unit have recovered the body of a male in an area known as Doonacore Bay, south of Doolin Point in Co Clare. The body was initially spotted shortly after 8am this morning by members of the Doolin Coast Guard team, who were conducting a shore line search. The body was subsequently recovered by a RIB operated by the team. The remains will be transferred to Ennis General Hospital for post mortem and formal identification.

Coastguard teams went into action a week ago when staff at the Cliffs of Moher's visitor centre noticed a car parked overnight. It's reported that the missing man is in his 60s, from Dublin and a regular pundit on TV and radio.

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A twelve–year–old girl has been winched to safety after becoming stuck in mud at Hest Bank, Morecambe Bay.

Two girls were reported missing to the UK Coastguard at 6.30pm yesterday (18th May), one was soon found and brought back to shore, but the second was stuck waist deep.

HM Coastguard search and rescue teams from Morecambe and Knott End, along with the Morecambe RNLI hovercraft were sent, along with the HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Caernarfon.

A mud extraction was carried out and the girl freed by the RNLI crew together with the Coastguard Rescue Teams.

She was then winched onto the HM Coastguard helicopter and transferred to Lancaster Hospital.

Adam Bradbury, senior coastal operations officer for HM Coastguard said: ‘This incident occurred with only a few hours left of daylight and on an incoming tide which soon made it potentially life-threatening.

‘All those involved did exactly the right thing by calling 999 and asking for the Coastguard, rather than waiting.

‘Our advice is always the same: if you see or suspect someone is in difficulty in the water or along the shoreline call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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This afternoon the Irish Coast Guard were alerted to concerns for a diver who was at the slip at Howth Harbour, Co Dublin.

The local Coast Guard unit in Howth were tasked and were quickly on scene.

On arrival the team were met with a male diver in his 40s who had experienced a rapid ascent while returning to the surface from 15 meters depth. With the possibility of decompression sickness the Coast Guard team provided medical assistance until the arrival of an ambulance.

The casualty was taken to Beaumont Hospital where his condition is stable.

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#Coastguard - The Canadian helicopter services giant contracted to provide the Irish Coast Guard's search and rescue service has filed for bankruptcy protection in Texas.

According to Independent.ie, CHC Group has blamed the worldwide drop in oil prices as the cause of "decreased customer demand" in its filing for Chapter 11 protection.

However, the Irish subsidiary contracted to provide Ireland's coastguard helicopter service till at least 2022 will not be affected by the move.

Only weeks ago CHC Ireland announced an eight-fold increase in profits in 2015 over the previous year.

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