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Wicklow’s all-weather lifeboat RNLB Annie Blaker launches to assist the yacht with a snapped forestay
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Wicklow RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched shortly before 6pm on Saturday evening (9 September) to assist a 13m yacht in difficulties off the Wicklow coast. The yacht was on passage from Wales to Ireland when the forestay snapped on…
Fall From Helicopter Winch ‘Unlikely’ To Have Led To Death In Hook Head Rescue Tragedy
Coastguard
#Coastguard - The Irish Coast Guard crew winching two teenagers from the sea when one fell from her harness had never lifted two casualties at the same time before, as BreakingNews.ie reports. Aoife Winterlich, 14, was one of four teenagers…
The Eric Rowse takes the stricken cruiser under tow to safe harbour at Coosan Point
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Lough Ree RNLI were called to assist five people aboard a 20ft motor cruiser which had lost power and was drifting towards Nun’s Island yesterday afternoon (Saturday 9 September). The crew of inshore lifeboat The Eric Rowse were…
Wind predictions for Galway on Sunday evening show gusts over 50mph
Coastguard
The Coast Guard advises caution to public as Met Éireann warns of heavy swell on Atlantic Coast later on Sunday. Members of the public have been urged to heed the advice of the Coast Guard as Met Éireann has issued…
Photographer Jack Lowe visits his first Irish lifeboat station at Dunmore East
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - More than two years ago, Jack Lowe began an ambitious project to photograph every RNLI station with a Victorian-era camera. Now, having already photographed 88 of the 238 lifeboat stations in these islands, Jack Lowe has finally arrived…
The twin uptakes or funnels of Naval Service flagship LÉ Eithne alongside St. Michael's Wharf. It is from here at the disused ferry terminal can be seen the two support pillars of the passenger gangway to connect the fastcraft HSS Stena Explorer that ceased sailings to Holyhead in September 2014. Directly behind are the pair of redundant chimney stacks of the former ESB Power Station at Poolbeg Peninula in Dublin Port.
Dublin Bay
#SpecialRelationships - A pair of ships directly associated with Dun Laoghaire Harbour and that are both currently docked in the port is not often an occurance, writes Jehan Ashmore. The presence of these ships within the harbour arms is noted,…
Crosshaven RNLI
RNLI Lifeboats
Crosshaven RNLI Lifeboat volunteers pagers activated at 02.19am this morning for a Cork Harbour service that was to last over three hours. Valentia Coast Guard requested the crew to launch after a member of the public reported hearing continuous signaling by…
Coastguard Helicopter Air Ambulance Service Is Scaled Back
Coastguard
#Coastguard - Irish Coast Guard helicopter crews will no longer be expected to fly inter-hospital transfers from this week, according to The Irish Times. It’s understood that the move by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) to withdraw coastguard helicopters from…
A volunteer crew member with Skerries RNLI spots a garda waving from shore
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Skerries RNLI launched on Saturday morning (2 September) to a report of a fisherman stranded on rocks near Balbriggan. Shortly after 11am, Dublin Coast Guard received a call from a member of the Garda that a sea angler…
The two men were successfully located about fifteen metres up the steep rock face
RNLI Lifeboats
Red Bay RNLI all weather lifeboat launched last night (Saturday 2 September) at 10.10pm to assist in locating two missing climbers on Fair Head near Ballycastle. A Coastguard rescue helicopter from Scotland was also requested to join the search. Conditions…
Castletownbere RNLI tows the 30ft angling boat to safety
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Lifeboats from Baltimore and Castletownbere launched two separate callouts off West Cork since Friday (1 September). Baltimore RNLI was called out yesterday morning (Saturday 2 September) to a tug with three people on board, which had broken down…
Le Eithne was involved in a top cover exercise
Coastguard
Dunmore East in County Waterford was a hive of Search and Rescue activity this weekend, as the Irish Coast Guard co-ordinated a very successful day of Marine Search and Rescue demonstrations. The exercise involved Ireland’s principal Search and Rescue (SAR)…
Clifden RNLI lifeboat crew wishing Galway well for Sunday’s senior All-Ireland hurling final
RNLI Lifeboats
Volunteer lifeboat crew at Clifden RNLI are celebrating the news that their all-weather lifeboat is to be permanently allocated at the Connemara lifeboat station following a successful trial which has seen 50 launches by the lifeboat crew and 32 people…
The main event will commence at 10:30 with an off shore search demonstration, followed by an on-board emergency with the LÉ Eithne (above) acting as a M/V in distress.
Coastguard
The public are encouraged to come and watch as Dunmore East is set to host some of Irelands principal Search and Rescue assets on Saturday the 2nd of September 2017. The event known as IMSARC Demo (Irish Marine Search and…
Wicklow Lifeboat In Search For Overdue Kayakers
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Wicklow RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched at 8.37pm last night (Monday 28 August) to search for an overdue kayak. The two kayakers on board were reported overdue to the Irish Coast Guard by a concerned relative after he lost…
Larne RNLI assisting a motor boat with engine difficulties on Wednesday 23 August
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - It was a busy week for the volunteer crew at Larne RNLI last week with three launches for the Co Antrim lifeboats in three days. On Tuesday 22 August, Larne’s all-weather lifeboat and inshore lifeboat were launched following…

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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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