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Donaghdee RNLI Lifeboat
The volunteer lifeboat crew of Donaghadee RNLI were paged yesterday (2 July) at 1.51pm by Belfast Coastguard after reports that a 27ft yacht with two people onboard had run aground at the entrance to Ballywalter Harbour and was rapidly taking…
Wicklow RNLI’s all-weather and inshore lifeboats
#RNLI - Both Wicklow RNLI lifeboats were launched yesterday (Sunday 1 July) to assist two people on an inflatable dinghy near Brittas Bay beach. The father and son had set off from the popular tourist beach to fish in a…
Dun Laoghaire Rescues Yacht With Engine Failure Off Bray Head
#RNLI - Dun Laoghaire RNLI responded to a yacht with one man onboard on Saturday afternoon (30 June) when the skipper’s engine failed just outside Bray Head. The volunteer lifeboat crew were called into action at 16.24pm following a report…
Fundraising and Operational volunteers of Fethard RNLI
Volunteers with Fethard RNLI gathered at the lifeboat station over the weekend (Saturday 30 June) for a naming ceremony and a service of dedication for their new lifeboat Naomh Dubhán. In glorious sunshine, operations crew, fundraisers, station management, friends and…
RNLI beach lifeguards in training
#RNLI - RNLI lifeguards and the inshore lifeboat crew from Portrush RNLI rescued a swimmer who got into difficulty off Portrush East Strand on Wednesday evening (27 June). The lifeguards who patrol the Causeway Coast beaches daily between 11am and…
Donaghadee RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Saxon was on scene to the fishing vessel within five minutes
Donaghadee RNLI volunteer crew were paged three times over the weekend to assist a 24m fishing vessel which had run aground, a 31–ft yacht with three people onboard which had broken down and a small speedboat on the rocks at…
The 10m yacht had fouled its propeller and the sailor had entered the water in an attempt to free the propeller but was unsuccessful and called for assistance
Ballyglass RNLI has this afternoon (Monday 25 June) come to the aid of a lone sailor whose 10m yacht got into difficulty off the Mayo coast.  The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 12.37pm following…
The yacht had drifted onto rocks at the base of Howth Head on Dublin Bay
Howth RNLI launched their inshore lifeboat on Sunday 24rd June 2018 to reports of a sailing vessel with three people aboard that had lost steering and drifted onto rocks at the base of Howth Head. A telephone call to Howth…
Live Firing Practice Off South West Coast This Week
#MarineNotice - The Defence Forces will be conducting surface and air live firing practice shoots in Sea Area South South West (D13) between Seven Heads and Galley Head and to seaward between Tuesday 26 and Thursday 28 June from 8am…
Fethard RNLI's locally funded inshore lifeboat Naomh Dubhán has been on service since February
#RNLI - Fethard RNLI’s new D class lifeboat is to be officially named Naomh Dubhán during a ceremony next weekend. All are welcome to attend the event next Saturday 30 June from 2pm at the lifeboat station in Fethard, Co Wexford.…
RNLI Coxswain Kevin Young (right) with the solo skipper Rees Hopkins
The Courtmacsherry RNLI All Weather Lifeboat was called out at 5.20 pm yesterday to go to the aid of a solo sailor in a 31–ft yacht that had got into difficulties 40 miles off the Seven Heads in West Cork.…
William’s Coates friend Aaron Vance demonstrating the Float to Live survival skill in Bangor marina alongside RNLI lifeguard Charlie Murray, with Bangor RNLI’s inshore lifeboat standing by
The RNLI has today launched its 2018 national drowning prevention campaign, Respect the Water, in Northern Ireland. The launch at Bangor Lifeboat Station comes as the RNLI said that seven people claimed floating helped save their life in 2017 after…
Enniskillen RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
#RNLI - Enniskillen RNLI rescued two people on Lower Lough Erne after their 42ft cruiser broke free from its jetty during Storm Hector yesterday morning (Thursday 14 June). Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of the inshore lifeboat at 6.42am, with the volunteer…
The yacht beached near Waterville, Co Kerry, as seen earlier today
#StormHector - One sorry yacht owner felt the wrath of Storm Hector today (Thursday 14 June) when their vessel was founded beached near Waterville in Co Kerry, as RTÉ News reports. The Hanse yacht, named Seabiscuit, broke its mooring in…
A 32–foot Belfast-registered yacht had its propeller snagged in lobster pots near Dursey Island in County Cork
Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat was tasked this morning (Wednesday 13 June) at 5.22am by the Valentia Coast Guard to go to the assistance of a 32 foot Belfast-registered yacht which had its propeller snagged in lobster pots near Dursey Island in…
Arklow Lifeboat Rescues Lone Swimmer In Late Evening Callout
#RNLI#RNLI - Arklow RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched on Saturday evening (9 June) following a report of a lone swimmer in difficulty and being carried out to sea. A concerned member of the public had been out walking at North Quay…

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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