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An 11-year-old boy is believed to have sustained a broken leg when he and a friend fell from a sea cliff in North Co Dublin yesterday (Tuesday 23 June). As Independent.ie reports, Irish Coast Guard rescue teams from Howth and…
Bangor’s lifeboat comes alongside the stricken motorboat in Belfast Lough
Bangor's lifeboat rescued four people aboard a motorboat from Carrickfergus after the boat broke down off Whitehead, and the group risked drifting into a shipping lane in Belfast Lough in fading light. A volunteer crew from Bangor RNLI was requested…
File image of the Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115
The Irish Times reports that a 35-year-old man was airlifted to hospital with serious spinal injuries after a diving incident in Co Cork yesterday afternoon (Monday 1 June). It’s understood that the man was diving from rocks near Nohoval Cove,…
The Priests’ Beach in Blackrock, Co Louth
The Irish Mirror reports that two people were rescued from a beach in Co Louth on Saturday afternoon (23 May) after getting into difficulty in the water. Clogherhead RNLI and the Irish Coast Guard were tasked to the scene at…
Portree lifeboat approaches the grounded cargo ship MV Kaami
Eight crew were rescued from a cargo ship out of Drogheda that ran aground off the Isle of Skye in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides early yesterday morning (Monday 23 March). The MV Kaami had left Drogheda Port on the evening of…
Emergency teams at Killyleagh in Co Down responding to the kayaking incident in Strangford Lough
Portaferry’s coastguard rescue team was paged yesterday morning (Saturday 7 March) to a report of multiple kayakers capsized in the water off Killyleagh on Strangford Lough. Portaferry RNLI were also tasked to the incident, recovering four individuals from the water…
File image of the Shannon-based Rescue 115
The Irish Coast Guard’s Shannon-based helicopter launched to rescue two seriously injured crew from a Dutch supertrawler on Friday morning (6 March), as the Irish Examiner reports. Rescue 115 was dispatched yesterday to the Zeeland, a 6,000-tonne fishing factory, following…
Howth RNLI’s inshore lifeboat approaches the stranded duo (circled) at the base of cliffs in Balscadden Bay
Howth RNLI launched their Inshore lifeboat yesterday (Tuesday 3 March) to rescue two people stranded on rocks in Balscadden Bay. Pagers sounded at 1.58pm after a call was placed to the coastguard reporting two people stranded at the base of…
File image of the Sligo-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 118
Calls have been made for people rescued from the water while going against safety advice and weather warnings to be “handed the bill” for their rescue, after two surfers were saved off the Sligo coast during Storm Jorge at the…
File image of Rosie Hackett Bridge between O’Connell Bridge and Butt Bridge on the River Liffey
BreakingNews.ie reports that three people have been rescued from the River Liffey by the fire brigade in Dublin city centre this afternoon (Monday 24 February). It’s understood that two of the individuals jumped into the water to save the first…
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A multi-agency operation was launched to rescue a kayaker trapped in a river gorge in Co Clare yesterday afternoon (Saturday 15 February). As TheJournal.ie reports, the kayaker was one of a group who got into difficulty on the Allie River…
Rescue 116 pictured over Wicklow in August 2015
The Minister for Transport’s approval of a review of the Air Accident Investigation Unit’s draft final report into the Rescue 116 helicopter crash has been described as “unprecedented” by the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (IALPA) writes Lorna Siggins. The pilots’…
Arklow RNLI in the Co Wicklow town’s harbour on a calmer day
Volunteers from Arklow RNLI were called to the scene where two people were injured after a wave swept them from the upper deck of a pier in the Co Wicklow town yesterday (Sunday 22 December). As TheJournal.ie reports, it’s understood…
Matthew Sills – Waterford  On the 5th of August 2019, Matthew was out and about in Tramore when he noticed a large group of people looking very panicked on the prom. This group was watching a brother and sister trying in vain to escape a rip current. A doctor and former lifeguard, Matthew had rescue equipment in his car and instantly ran for a rescue tube. He rushed into the water fully clothed and made his way to the two swimmers. At this point the woman had lost a lot of energy so Matthew placed the rescue tube around her and offered practical advice to the man. Matthew remarkably steered the swimmers ashore.
Seventeen lives were saved from drowning by rescuers who will receive recognition at Water Safety Ireland’s National Annual Awards Ceremony at the O’Reilly Hall in UCD this afternoon (Tuesday 26 November). Michael Ring, Minister for Rural & Community Development, will…
UK Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre worked overnight to oversee the search and rescue operation in Indonesia
HM Coastguard in the UK was among the agencies joining an international search operation last night (Friday 22 November) after a superyacht sank off Indonesia. While initially believed to be a UK-registered vessel, it was quickly confirmed that the yacht,…
Bundoran RNLI’s volunteer crew make their way to the scene
Four people have been rescued from an island off the Sligo coast after their vessel washed up on rocks. Bundoran RNLI’s volunteer crew launched to the incident at Inishmurray Island yesterday afternoon (Sunday 3 November) along with the Irish Coast…

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