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Thirty Children Drowned in Ten Years; Supervise Your Child Near Water this Easter
Thirty children aged fourteen and under drowned in ten years, reflecting the need for constant, responsible supervision of children near water. Half a million primary school children are currently on Easter Holidays and may find themselves playing near water yet…
The RNLI Larne inshore boat ensured that the tow line was set up speedily and the two men onboard were brought to the safety of shore without delay
Larne RNLI launched their inshore lifeboat Terry yesterday afternoon (Sunday 25 March) to a 21ft motor vessel experiencing engine difficulties near Browns Bay. The inshore lifeboat launched at 3.22pm and quickly made its way to the scene at Skernaghan Point,…
The inshore lifeboat helmed by Mark McGibney and with crew member Adam O'Sullivan onboard, launched in four minutes and made their way to the scene some four nautical miles out from the station
Dun Laoghaire RNLI has rescued seven teenagers this afternoon after they got into difficulty when walking on Sandymount Strand on Dublin Bay. The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat at 2.24pm at the request of the…
Baltimore Lifeboat Launches To Broken Down Trawler
#RNLI - Baltimore RNLI were called out in the early hours of yesterday morning (Friday 23 March) to a fishing trawler with five people on board which had broken down close to shore. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather…
The recently published Annual Report of the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) highlights the fact that alcohol or drug consumption continues to be a factor in marine incidents
The Irish Maritime Administration at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has issued a Marine Notice to remind the public of the law in relation to being under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs when operating or…
Two RNLI crew wearing the new Helly Hansen gear
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and marine clothing giant Helly Hansen have today announced a new strategic partnership that will support the lifesaving charity’s aim of defeating drowning. Helly Hansen, the global technical sailing brand founded in Norway in…
Caitriona Lucas will be recognised alongside the crew of Rescue 116 in next year’s stamp programme
#Coastguard - Next year’s commemorative stamp programme from An Post will feature a tribute to the four coastguard crew lost in the Rescue 116 tragedy one year ago. RTÉ News reports that Caitriona Lucas, the coastguard volunteer who died during a…
Arranmore RNLI assist the distressed fisherman off Gola Island
#RNLI - Arranmore  RNLI in Co Donegal assisted a fisherman who got into difficulty off Gola Island at the weekend when his small boat ran aground on rocks. The all-weather lifeboat was called out at 11am on Sunday 18 March and…
Clifden Lifeboat Rescues Missing Spear Divers On St Patrick’s Day Callout
#RNLI - Minutes after participating in the local St Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday 17 March, Clifden RNLI joined a full-scale search and rescue operation for two spear divers reported missing. Clifden’s all-weather and inshore lifeboats were tasked alongside Achill…
Rescue 116 pictured over Wicklow in August 2015
#Rescue116 - The Air Accident Investigation Unit has called for “a thorough review of search and rescue aviation operations in Ireland” in the wake of the Rescue 116 tragedy one year ago. Four Irish Coast Guard crew — Capt Dara…
 Sir Alan Massey of the UK's Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA)
After eight years at the helm, the Chief Executive of the UK's Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) Sir Alan Massey has announced his intention of retiring from the role towards the end of 2018 and is looking forward to taking…
Black Rock off the Mullet Peninsula in Co Mayo, where the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter went down a year ago
#Rescue116 - Today, Wednesday 14 March, marks one year since the Rescue 116 tragedy off Co Mayo. Relatives of the four Irish Coast Guard crew lost in the crash attended a midnight vigil in Blacksod, as The Irish Times reports.…
Lough Ree RNLI volunteers Liam Sherringham, Shane McCormack and Matt Welsh, with lifeboat operations manager Tony McCarth fellow Eamonn Flynn, Donie Hearaghty and Ciaran Harte at the launch of the 2018 Lap of Lough Ree
#RNLI - Lough Ree  RNLI has launched their fifth Lap of Lough Ree, which will take place this year on Sunday 22 April raising funds for the lifeboat service in Athlone. The 85km cycle will go anti-clockwise around Lough Ree,…
Portaferry RNLI’s Atlantic 85 class lifeboat Bluepeter V tows the stricken yacht to Strangford
#RNLI - A volunteer crew from Portaferry  RNLI were paged yesterday afternoon (Monday 12 March) to go to the aid of a man on a yacht experiencing engine problems. The man was travelling on his 13-metre yacht from Bangor to…
Clogherhead Lifeboat Assists Medevac Of Injured Fisherman
#RNLI - Clogherhead RNLI assisted a fisherman in need of medical attention on Thursday evening (8 March). The all-weather lifeboat was launched around 5.45pm following a request for a medevac from a small fishing boat operating off Gormanstown and north-east…
The woman and her dog were safely transferred to shore by the Portaferry RNLI volunteers
#RNLI - Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 6 March), a volunteer crew from Portaferry RNLI was tasked to go the aid of a woman stranded on one of Strangford Lough’s many islands. The woman had been walking her dog on Rough Island,…

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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