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Rescue 116 attends the scene off Greystones this afternoon
The Irish Coast Guard’s Dublin-based helicopter was tasked to the rescue of a swimmer in difficulty off Greystones this afternoon, Wednesday 11 November. TheJournal.ie reports that the middle-aged woman was one of a number of people swimming in the sea…
The busiest lifeboat station has been Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, with nearly 100 call outs for this year so far, according to the RNLI
Rescue agencies are reporting a record year for incidents on the water as thousands of people turned to the coastline, lakes and rivers during Covid-19. The Irish Coast Guard, RNLI and Water Safety Ireland have all been under pressure to…
Capt Dara Fitzpatrick (pictured), Capt Mark Duffy and winch team Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith all died in the Rescue 116 helicopter crash
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan has appointed a new review board into the Air Accident Investigation Unit’s (AAIU) final report on the Rescue 116 helicopter crash. As The Irish Independent reports today, the review experienced a setback last month when…
Lagan Search & Rescue in Belfast Harbour
Belfast Harbour has pledged support to Lagan Search & Rescue to the tune of £100,000 (€110,000) over the next five years, as the News Letter reports. The arrangement includes continued provision of an operations base and lifeboat berths for the…
Spring Place, the MCA's headquarters in Southampton
The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency's (MCA) annual report for April 2019 – March 2020 has been published this week, highlighting the work of the Agency for the 12 month period. Although the report doesn’t cover the period where the…
Lough Neagh rescue lifeboat
Yesterday (Sunday 18th) Lough Neagh Rescue came to the aid of a Bayliner speedboat with one person and a dog on board in the vicinity of Rams Island on the Lough. The vessel was experiencing engine difficulties. Rams Island is…
The scene at Skippingstone Beach
Skippingstone Beach is a popular swimming venue a short distance to the west of Bangor Harbour on Belfast Lough and sadly was the scene this morning (13th October) of a fatality. It is only a few hundred yards from the…
Rescue 116 winches the pair to safety
Two people — one with an injured ankle — were rescued by the Irish Coast Guard after getting stuck on a cliff near the Baily Lighthouse on Howth Head yesterday afternoon (Sunday 11 October). Howth Coast Guard’s cliff team reached the scene…
Lough Neagh Lifeboat Rescues Two on Yacht with Mechanical Difficulties
Last Sunday (4th October) Lough Neagh Rescue Lifeboat was tasked to two people stranded on Coney Island as their vessel had mechanical issues. Coney Island is owned by the National Trust and lies in the south-west corner of Lough Neagh…
The two kayakers were found after dark in the Bristol Channel by Minehead RNLI and HM Coastguard
Kayakers have been urged to always carry some means of attracting attention in an emergency, such as flares or a torch. The call from the RNLI came after an incident off Somerset in the UK last month in which two…
Patrick and Morgan Oliver - decribed as 'Claddagh Royalty' by Galway Mayor
The two Galway fishermen who rescued two paddleboarders in August have been honoured at a mayoral reception. Mayor of Galway Mike Cubbard described Patrick Oliver and his son Morgan as “Claddagh royalty” when he presented them with a framed presentation…
Rescue teams working together to recover the 11-year-old girl
A young girl was rescued after she slipped and fell onto a coastal cliff in Co Down yesterday afternoon (Sunday 27 September). The major rescue operation took place at Ardglass after the 11-year-old slipped 20 feet down a steep bank…
Irish Coast Guard Saved Nearly 380 Lives In 2019, Says First Report On New National SAR Plan
The Irish Coast Guard saved 379 lives and assisted more than 3,500 people during the course of 2019. The figures are included in the first annual report on Ireland’s National Search and Rescue Plan, which was published yesterday (Monday 21…
Corrib Mask Search & Rescue volunteers on a training day on Lough Corrib
A west of Ireland community search and rescue service says it is “devastated” after the theft of up to 13,000 euro of equipment from its Zodiac rescue craft. As Afloat reported earlier, a Yamaha engine and GPS plotter were stolen…
The RIB was found stripped of its outboard motor and GPS plotter
Corrib Mask Search and Rescue is appealing for any information after its newly acquired RIB was stripped of its motor and GPS equipment. The Zodiac boat, which was stored in the Cong area, was targeted some time between Thursday (17…
Lough Neagh Rescue setting out for Coney Island on Saturday night
Seven people were rescued from two vessels that ran aground on Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland on Saturday night (12 September). Lifeboats and shore crew were quickly tasked by Belfast Coastguard to the scene at Coney Island, where the vessels…