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Lough Ree RNLI's inshore lifeboat The Eric Rowse
#RNLI - Lough Ree  RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew conducted a search of the River Shannon yesterday morning (Saturday 28 April) after a report of someone entering the water. The Irish Coast Guard alerted the lifeboat station at 5.14am after a…
Fenit Lifeboat Rescues Man After Boat Capsize Near Derrymore Island
#RNLI - Fenit RNLI launched to the rescue of a man whose boat capsized near Derrymore Island in Tralee Bay at the weekend.  Following a call for assistance from Valentia Coast Guard at 4.47pm on Saturday last (21 April), Fenit’s…
Waterford Viking Marathon To Raise Funds For RNLI
#RNLI - Saturday 30 June has been confirmed as the date for the seventh annual WLRfm Waterford Viking Marathon to raise funds for the RNLI. The most exciting running event in Waterford, the Viking Marathon following a spectacular route that…
Dunmore East RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Windsor Runner
#RNLI - Dunmore East  RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched on Saturday (21 April) to assist an injured crewman onboard a fishing trawler. The crewman sustained an injury while fishing 70 miles offshore, and the trawler was intercepted by Dunmore East lifeboat…
Arklow volunteer lifeboat crew Sinead Myler, Cox Ned Dillion and Jimmy Myler join marathon runner Mary Nolan Hickey to launch RNLI Mayday 2018
#RNLI - Fresh from completing her 1,509-mile-long ‘Lap of the Map’ run around Ireland, inspirational marathon runner Mary Hickey has joined volunteers from Arklow  RNLI in the stunning setting of Glendalough in Co Wicklow to launch Mayday, the RNLI’s annual…
Lough Ree RNLI’s inshore lifeboat The Eric Rowse
#RNLI - Two fishermen whose boat was taking on water were brought to safety by Lough Ree  RNLI this week. At 3.45pm on Wednesday (18 April), the volunteer lifeboat crew was tasked by Malin Head Coast Guard to go to…
Keith Swanick (left) and John Gallagher, representing the Erris Community, pictured with Chris Reynolds, Director, Irish Coast Guard, after they received a People of the Year Award at the 43rd Rehab People of the Year Awards, in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. The winners, who are nominated by members of the public, were revealed live on RTÉ One television at a star-studded black-tie ceremony hosted by Gráinne Seoige and Aidan Power, from Dublin’s Mansion House. Ireland’s longest-running and most prestigious awards event, the Awards recognise people for their heroic deeds and remarkable achievements
The community of Erris and Irish Coast Guard have been jointly honoured at the People of the Year Awards, with special recognition for the crew of Rescue 116 which was lost off the Mayo coast in March of last year.…
A late night launch on Saturday 14 April for Killaloe Coast Guard to a yacht stranded for the second time in the same day on Scariff Bay
#Rescue - A lone sailor whose yacht ran aground on Scariff Bay over the weekend had difficulties again just hours after his rescue. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Lough Derg  RNLI launched its lifeboat on Saturday evening (14 April) to…
Arklow RNLI crew help Mary Nolan Hickey take a load off after she crossed the finish line yesterday
#RNLI - Three-and-a-half months after setting out from her Arklow home, 65-year-old marathon runner Mary Nolan Hickey has completed her ‘lap of the map’ visiting RNLI lifeboat stations around the Irish coast, as TheJournal.ie reports. Hickey received a hero’s welcome…
Killaloe Coast Guard was also on scene and took the yacht off the sandy bank
At 6.29pm on Saturday April 14, Lough Derg RNLI was requested to launch by Valentia Coast Guard to assist a lone sailor on a 30–ft yacht aground in Scariff Bay At 6.40pm, the lifeboat launched with helm Dom Sharkey, Eleanor…
The late Capt Dara Fitzpatrick at the beginning of her coastguard pilot career, as photographed for Afloat in June 1994
#Rescue116 - The 43rd annual People of the Year awards tomorrow night (Sunday 15 April) will see honours go to the Irish Coast Guard as a tribute to the crew of Rescue 116, as BreakingNews.ie reports. In addition, the people…
Rescue 115 was involved in the SAR operation in Galway Bay since yesterday, Thursday 12 April
#Galway - A body was found this morning (Friday 13 April) in the search for a swimmer missing off Salthill in Galway since yesterday. The Irish Coast Guard’s Shannon-based helicopter Rescue 115 spotted the body on the seabed in shallow…
Portaferry RNLI's inshore lifeboat
#RNLI - Pagers sounded yesterday (Wednesday 11 April) for the volunteers from Portaferry  RNLI to assist a man onboard an 18ft yacht experiencing problems off the Co Down coast. The yachtsman was two miles from the entrance to Strangford Lough…
Rescue 118, pictured above, airlifted three casualties from a life raft 16 miles off Eagle Island
The Irish Mirror reports that a man has died after a fishing boat capsized off the Mayo coast yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 10 April). It’s understood that the deceased was a man in his 50s from North Mayo. He was one…
The Lough Derg lifeboat, with helm Ger Egan, Owen Cavanagh and Delia Ho on board located the vessel
Lough Derg RNLI launched yesterday afternoon following a request from Valentia Coast Guard to assist two people after their 40ft–cruiser grounded inside the red navigation mark by Hare Island. The lifeboat, with helm Ger Egan, Owen Cavanagh and Delia Ho…
Rescue 115 was called out to locate the Ocean Pioneer after it lost power and all means of communication
#Rescue - A fishing trawler in distress off the Irish coast has been found after concerns that it had sunk, as the Irish Examiner reports. Contact was lost with the 22m Ocean Pioneer after it was left without power some…

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Ireland's Water Safety Agencies work hard to provide us with the information we need to keep safe, while enjoying all manner of water based activities.

There's no better fun than getting out on the water but being afloat is a responsibility we all need to take seriously.

These pages detail the work of the rescue agencies. We also aim to promote safety standards among pleasure boaters, and by doing so, prevent, as far as possible, the loss of life at sea and on inland waters. If you have ideas for our pages we'd love to hear from you. Please email us at [email protected]

Think Before You Sink - Wear a Lifejacket

Accidents can happen fast on water and there may not be time to reach for a lifejacket in an emergency therefore don't just carry a lifejacket - wear it; if it's not on you, it can't save your life.

Irish Water Safety's Safe Boating Alert:

Check condition of boat and equipment, hull, engine, fuel, tools, torch.

Check the weather forecast for the area.

Check locally concerning dangerous currents and strong tides.

Do not drink alcohol while setting out or during your trip.

Carry an alternative means of propulsion e.g. sails and oars or motor and oars.

Carry a first aid kit on board and distress signals (at least two parachute distress rockets, two red hand flares).

Carry a fire extinguisher, a hand bailer or bucket with lanyard and an anchor with rope attached.

Carry marine radio or some means of communication with shore.

Do not overload the boat - this will make it unstable.

Do not set out unless accompanied by an experienced person.

Leave details of your planned trip with someone ashore - including departure and arrival times, description of boat, names of persons on board, etc.

Wear a Lifejacket at all times.

Keep an eye on the weather - seek shelter in good time.

In Marine Emergencies, call 999 or 112 and ask for Marine Rescue.

Lifejackets Checklist

Ensure Cartridges have not been punctured and are secured firmly.

Ensure all zips, buckles, fasteners and webbing straps are functioning correctly and adjusted to fit the user.

Check that fitted lights are operating correctly.

Ensure that Automatic Inflation devices are fully serviced and in date.

Check that the valve or lifejacket is not leaking.

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