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Balscadden Bay at Howth Head
Howth’s Irish Coast Guard unit reminds sea swimmers to be wary of cold water temperatures after they responded to a hypothermic swimmer needing medical assistance on Wednesday morning (4 January). The casualty was taken safely from the water at Balscadden…
Dun Laoghaire RNLI and Howth Coast Guard rescuing a kitesurfer blown offshore from Dollymount Strand on Bull Island on New Year’s Day
It was a swift start to the New Year this afternoon (Sunday 1 January) for the team at Howth’s Irish Coast Guard unit as they were tasked to a kitesurfer who was blown offshore after the wind dropped near Dollymount…
The IRCG & RNLI boats attend the scene close to Downpatrick Head in north Mayo this past September for the rescue of a sea caver
There have been many extraordinary rescue efforts in Irish waters over the past year. One which few involved will ever forget lasted 22 hours, close to Downpatrick Head in north Mayo this past September. It took 14 hours alone to…
Claddagh Watch Patrol’s Paul Gibney, Cllr. Niall McNelis and  Arthur Carr on the banks of the River Corrib, Galway, the fastest-flowing city river in Europe
A Galway riverbank patrol group has appealed to those socialising during the festive season to keep an eye and ear out for friends in the city. The Claddagh Watch group of volunteers will walk the Corrib riverbanks up to and…
Caroline Jupe will become the International Martime Rescue Federation's(IMRF) new CEO on 1 February 2023.
The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) has announced the appointment of Caroline Jupe as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective from 1 February 2023. She will replace Theresa Crossley who will be retiring next year following a five-year…
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…