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Lifeguards preparing to launch a drone from Crantock Beach in Newquay
The RNLI has partnered with the UK’s Royal Life Saving Society to test the use of drones in emergency responses. As Marine Industry News reports, RNLI lifeguards in Cornwall have been using a waterproof drone from Swell Pro to help…
File image of White Strand at Derrynane, Co Kerry
Tragedy was averted this August Bank Holiday weekend when a grandfather and his grandson were rescued from the sea after their kayak capsized off White Strand in Co Kerry. As the Kerryman reports, emergency services including the Irish Coast Guard’s…
The SAR Joint Exercise on the North Down Coast gets underway
On Monday last (17th), several search and rescue teams held a very active training session out of the village of Groomsport on the North Down coast. Taking part alongside Lagan Search and Rescue’s Ribcraft Class 1 Lifeboat were Bangor Atlantic…
Galway Fire Brigade personnel at the Queen's Gap in Galway
A multi-agency group warns that lives of rescuers on Galway’s river Corrib are being put at risk by salmon and eel traps on a city stretch below the Salmon Weir. As The Sunday Independent report, Galway’s chief fire officer Gerry…
Fire engulfed the Nuevo San Juan on Sunday morning 2 July
Fifteen crew members from a Spanish hake trawler made landfall at Castletownbere hours after their vessel caught fire off the South West Coast at the weekend, as The Journal reports. The fishing crew were rescued from their lifeboats by another…
File image of the Irish Coast Guard’s Waterford-based helicopter Rescue 117
A kitesurfer who sustained serious injuries in an incident in Co Wexford on Sunday (28 May) is expected to make a full recovery. As the Wexford People reports, the casualty had been kitesurfing on Lady’s Island Lake south of Rosslare…
Nominations for the IMRF Awards 2023 have now opened which will highlight the global Search and Rescue (SAR) community.
Nominations for this year's International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) annual awards have opened, which looks to recognise volunteer and professional maritime search and rescue (SAR) personnel from around the world. This year’s awards, which will be the eighth to take…
The tall ship Götheborg of Sweden approaches to assist the stricken eight-metre Corto
A small sailboat in distress off the French coast recently had the most unlikely of rescuers in the form of an enormous tall ship. The 47m Götheborg of Sweden was en route to Jersey on Tuesday, 25 April, when it…
The IMRF's #FutureSAR initiative will look to identify the key challenges the global maritime SAR industry will face as a result of  climate change and propose guidance and best practices that will aid rescue operations in the future.
The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) has launched its #FutureSAR initiative that will look to identify the key challenges the global maritime search and rescue (SAR) industry will face as a result of climate change. The IMRF will also propose…
Killybegs Coast Guard recruit Ruaidhrí Ó Domhnaill is part of the new Irish-language documentary series 999 Faoi Oiliúint
New recruits in the Irish Coast Guard as well as search and rescue teams on loughs Neagh and Foyle are featured in a new four-part Irish-language TV series following the next generation of emergency workers. 999 Faoi Oiliúint debuted on RTÉ…
Flossy the dog, who survived a 130ft cliff fall on Anglesey, North Wales
The RNLI has revealed an increase in the number of our furry friends it plucked from the seas in 2022. Man’s best friend made up the majority of the 209 creature callouts last year with the charity recording 164 dog…
Lough Derg RNLI’s inshore lifeboat approaches the grounded passenger boat on a shoal off Bonaveen Point on Saturday 18 March
Forty people were rescued after a passenger vessel ran aground in Lough Derg on Saturday afternoon (18 March). Lough Derg RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was dispatched to the scene where the 40ft passenger vessel was aground on a rocky shoal off…
The late Dara Fitzpatrick who is honoured in the name of the new paramedic award. Capt Fitzpatrick lost her life during the Rescue 116 helicopter crash off the Mayo coast in March 2017. Dara Fitzpatrick is pictured above in June 1994 - then a 22-year-old helicopter co-pilot with four years of flying experience already under her belt
A new award named after Rescue 116 pilot Capt Dara Fitzpatrick has been presented to a paramedic who was one of the first responders at the explosion in Creeslough, Co Donegal, last October. As The Irish Examiner reports, paramedic Frances…
Maltese company Gulf Med has been awarded the contract for the air ambulance service from the end of February
The State is to fully fund the air ambulance helicopter service initiated by a north Cork-based charity. Maltese company Gulf Med has been awarded the contract for the air ambulance service from the end of February. AirMed&Rescue reports that the…
Two rowing craft with University of Galway students were swept towards the salmon weir, where they were caught by pontoons and capsized due to the strength of the river flow
The University of Galway says it is inquiring into a recent incident on the river Corrib where up to ten people were rescued after their rowing craft were swept towards the salmon weir. The university says no one was injured,…
Aerial view of Tory Island off the Donegal mainland
Two fishermen were rescued on Monday morning (16 January) after their vessel sank off Tory Island in Co Donegal. A multi-agency rescue operation was launched after a Mayday signal from the 36-foot crabbing boat shortly before 6am on Monday. However,…