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Volunteer crew from Lough Derg RNLI and members of the Lough Derg RNLI Fundraising Committee with Robert Spier (right)
Lough Derg RNLI’s new lifeboat, the Atlantic 85 B911 Jean Spier arrived at the Station yesterday.  On Saturday, November 10, the Naming Ceremony for the new lifeboat, the Jean Spier, took place at the RNLI Lifeboat College at Poole in…
Fenit lifeboat
Fenit and Kilrush RNLI were involved in a major multi-agency search and rescue operation last night for a windsurfer who was missing at sea for seven hours. Fenit RNLI was requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 5.34pm yesterday evening…
Bundoran RNLI approaching the surfer off Rougey Point
#Lifeboats - Bundoran’s RNLI crew assisted a surfer safely to shore on Saturday afternoon (10 November). The volunteers launched after a member of the public raised the alarm, having spotted someone they thought to be in difficulty and waving their…
The French tourist is taken to a waiting ambulance
Red Bay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched this afternoon (Friday 2 November) following reports that a French tourist had sustained a broken ankle after falling on rocks at Kenbane Head near Ballycastle, North Antrim. Two members of Ballycastle coastguard and…
Dunmore East RNLI tows the trawler clear of the rocks
#Lifeboats - Dunmore East RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched in the early hours of yesterday morning (Thursday 1 November) to a 23m fishing trawler that had run aground with five people onboard half a mile south-west of Dunmore East Harbour. At 2.06am,…
The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations with 46 in Ireland, such as the above in County Wicklow. The RNLI is independent of Coast Guard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service
The RNLI is deeply grateful and humbled by the generosity of Mrs Elizabeth O’Kelly to bequeath over €6 million in her will to the charity. Gifts in wills, be they large or small, are vital to the charity’s work in…
Carrybridge RNLI attend at the grounding scene
At 5.27pm on Sunday 28 October, Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards and Rescue Water Craft (RWC) launched following a request by Belfast Coastguard to assist a vessel with one person on board which had run aground…
Sky lanterns look beautiful, but pose a risk to aviation - and a nuisance to emergency services
Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard has issued an appeal against the use of sky lanterns ahead of next week’s Hallowe’en celebrations. Sometimes called Chinese lanterns, the airborne paper lights carry a flame inside and are often used at social occasions such…
The lifeboat arrived with the casualty vessel and once on board assessed the vessel for water ingress and none was found.
 At 16:15pm on Friday 19 October, Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards and Rescue Water Craft (RWC) launched following a request by Belfast Coastguard to assist a vessel with three persons on board which had run aground…
The Clann Lir was blessed in a service of dedication
At a special naming ceremony and service of dedication held yesterday (Saturday 13 October), Ballyglass RNLI officially named its new D class lifeboat, Clann Lir, in the Mayo coastal town. The honour of naming the lifeboat went to Derek Moran,…
Volunteers Wanted For Howth Coast Guard
#Coastguard - Howth’s Irish Coast Guard unit is looking to recruit and train three new volunteers in 2019. If you live very locally to the North Co Dublin coastguard unit and are highly available, interested volunteers must attend an information…
Castletownbere RNLI's all-weather lifeboat Annette Hutton
#Lifeboats - Castletownbere’s all-weather lifeboat launched last night (Wednesday 10 October) to a Mayday from six fisherman whose boat lost power and was drifting rapidly towards the shore. Pagers sounded for the volunteer RNLI crew at 7.30pm following the alert…
Arklow RNLI tows a yacht with three crew who lost engine power near the Co Wicklow harbour on Saturday
#Lifeboats - Arklow’s volunteer RNLI crew rescued four people in two separate callouts over the weekend. The first launch was on Saturday afternoon (6 October) to a yacht which had gotten into difficulty and was without power about one mile…
Dun Laoghaire Coastguard Recruiting New Volunteers
#Coastguard - Do you live in or around Dun Laoghaire and have time to volunteer? Do you drive? Are you aged between 18 and 65? If so, you may be the right fit for Dun Laoghaire Coastguard, which is currently…
A file photo of Baltimore RNLI
Next Wednesday evening (10 October), Baltimore RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crew will lay a wreath at the Catalogues to commemorate the centenary of the wreck of the Thomas Joseph. The 60ft lugger was wrecked on the Catalogue Rocks between Sherkin Island and…
Lough Ree RNLI
Lough Ree RNLI came to the aid of two fishermen who had lost engine power while enjoying the last day of the fishing season. At 2.05pm yesterday Lough Ree RNLI Volunteers were alerted to two fishermen whose 17 foot fishing…

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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