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Rosslare Harbour RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
#RNLI - Rosslare Harbour RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched late last night (Sunday 27 May) to assist a becalmed yacht with three crew onboard. The 13m yacht, which was travelling south, was becalmed on a very still evening. Unable to continue and…
The half-submerged paddle steamer in the Irish Sea
RNLI volunteers from Holyhead in North Wales were called to a paddle steamer sinking in the Irish Sea yesterday afternoon (Friday 25 May). The vessel had been under tow by tug towards Ireland after a period in the south of England…
Baltimore RNLI's all-weather lifeboat
#RNLI - Baltimore RNLI has praised the swift actions of one of its volunteer crew members in the rescue a man taken ill on a passenger vessel in West Cork yesterday afternoon (Friday 25 May). In the first of two…
Lough Ree RNLI on exercise
#RNLI - Lough Ree RNLI was requested to launch its inshore lifeboat at 6.56pm yesterday evening (Wednesday 23 May) following reports of a swimmer in difficulty at the Golden Mile south of the motorway bridge in Athlone. Inshore lifeboat The…
Clifden RNLI’s lifeboats
#RNLI - A fisherman has died after his boat capsized off Cruagh Island near Clifden in Co Galway yesterday evening (Wednesday 23 May). Volunteers from Clifden RNLI were involved in the search and rescue operation for the man after the…
Ramsey RNLI with the casualty vessel safely in tow
#RNLI - Ramsey RNLI on the Isle of Man launched its all-weather lifeboat Ann & James Ritchie yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 23 May) to render assistance to a day angling vessel with three people on board. The 21ft vessel had broken down…
Baltimore RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched for the station’s third medical evacuation in two weeks on Monday morning 21 May
#RNLI - Baltimore RNLI carried out a medevac yesterday morning (Monday 21 May) from Cape Clear Island off the coast of West Cork. The volunteer lifeboat crew were asked to launch their all-weather lifeboat following a request from the Irish…
Rescue 116 pictured over Wicklow in August 2015
#Rescue116 - Transport Minister Shane Ross has appointed an international team to review Irish SAR operations in the wake of last year’s fatal Rescue 116 crash, as The Irish Times reports. The team, led by former European Aviation Safety Agency…
Red Bay RNLI this afternoon were called out to three canoeists stranded on rocks at Ballycastle
Volunteer lifeboat crew at Red Bay RNLI rescued three people off rocks at Ballycastle this afternoon (Saturday 19 May 2018) when two canoeists capsized and had to scramble onto rocks to safety. A third canoeist who tried to assist them…
The woman and her dog brought to safety by the crew of Rescue 116
#Coastguard - Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard was alerted at 10am yesterday morning (Wednesday 16 May) to respond to a woman and her dog who were cut off by the tide on Merrion Strand, near the seaward side of the Dublin…
Ballyglass RNLI arrives at the large floating barge off the Mayo coast on Monday evening
#RNLI - Ballyglass RNLI’s lifeboat crew had an unusual callout on Monday evening (14 May) when they were launched to recover a runaway barge that had drifted to the Mayo coast across the Atlantic from Canada more than 3,000km away. The…
Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat en route to the grounded cruiser west of Knockninny
#RNLI - Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat and rescue water craft (RWC) launched at 1.51pm yesterday afternoon (Sunday 13 May) following a request by Belfast Coastguard to assist a 35ft cruiser with four on board which was aground about a mile west of…
Wicklow RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
#RNLI - Baltimore RNLI carried out a medevac on Saturday night (12 May) from Cape Clear Island off the coast of West Cork. The volunteer crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat by the Irish Coast Guard at 8.05pm…
Lough Derg Lifeboat Rescues Skipper Of Stricken Speedboat
#RNLI - Lough Derg RNLI launched yesterday evening (Thursday 10 May) following a request by Valentia Coast Guard to assist a person on a 23ft speed boat broken down by The Goat Road on the eastern shore of the River Shannon…
Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat Called Out Twice To Boats Fouled On Pots
#RNLI - Dun Laoghaire RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat was called out twice in quick succession this afternoon (Wednesday 9 May) to two separate vessels fouled on fishing pots. The volunteer crew of Dun Laoghaire launched to assist one boat that had…
Baltimore Lifeboat Carries Out Medevac From Sherkin Island
#RNLI - Baltimore RNLI launched on Monday evening (7 May) to carry out a medical evacuation for a man from Sherkin Island off the West Cork coast. The volunteer lifeboat crew arrived on scene at 7.40pm, just eight minute after launch,…

Every Year Ireland's Search & Rescue Services deliver emergency life saving work on our seas, lakes and rivers.

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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