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The catamaran being brought under tow to Port Oriel
#RNLI - Clogherhead RNLI had a late-night callout on Wednesday 1 August to rescue the crew of a yacht that had got into difficulty. At around 10.10pm, the Co Louth village’s all-weather lifeboat was requested by the Irish Coast Guard to…
Kinsale RNLI’s Dave Humphreys and Temba Jere flank organising committee members Avril O’Brien and David Doherty (second from right), MC Alan Shortt and RNLI Munster community fundraising manager Mary Creedon
#RNLI - The hugely successful Cork RNLI charity lunch and auction is set to return after an absence of five years. The revamped fundraiser for Baltimore, Crosshaven and Kinsale’s RNLI lifeboat stations will take place in the 18th century mansion…
The cardinal marker off the Aughris peninsula has now been recorded as a navigational hazard
#RNLI - Clifden RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched just after midnight on Monday (30 July) to reports of a flashing light spotted off the Connemara coast. The bright flashing lights had been seen from the shore north-west of the Aughris peninsula, and…
UK Boating Community Invited to ‘Have Their Say’ on New Proposals for Pleasure Vessels   
Members of the boating community in the UK are being encouraged to ‘have their say’ on the Maritime & Coastguard Agency’s new Code of Practice for Intended Pleasure Vessels and its supporting Guidance Notices as well as some new Exemptions.…
Udderly problematic! The cow is rescued by the RNLI south of Athlone
At 10.33am this morning Malin Head Coast Guard requested Lough Ree RNLI launch to assist in the rescue of a cow that was stuck in the mud at Long Island, 2 miles south of Athlone. Conditions at the time were…
Absentmindedness resulted in an unexpected dip for a friend of Alistair Rumball at Conwy Quays Marina recently
#WaterSafety - Alistair Rumball of the Irish National Sailing Club shares a story from a friend that serves as a timely reminder of the importance of keeping vigilant whenever on or near the water. Alistair’s friend was mooring his Jeanneau…
Dun Laoghaire RNLI's inshore lifeboat in exercise at Bull Island
BreakingNews.ie reports that three people were rescued by Dun Laoghaire RNLI yesterday morning (Saturday 28 July) after their yacht got into difficulty at sea. The 47ft yacht had its sail caught on the rudder in poor weather conditions five miles offshore.…
Ballycotton’s all-weather lifeboat approaches Youghal RNLI with the stricken pleasure boat
#RNLI - Three men were rescued from their pleasure boat off an East Cork island on Thursday afternoon (26 July) when it began taking on water. Ballycotton RNLI launched their all-weather lifeboat at around 1.40pm to to the scene east of…
Kilkeel RNLI alongside the fishing boat which reported an ill crew member yesterday evening
#RNLI - Kilkeel RNLI’s volunteer crew launched their inshore lifeboat at 7.55pm yesterday evening (Thursday 26 July) after a crew member of a fishing boat was reported unwell and in need of medical attention. Winds were blowing 3 to 4 knots…
Galway RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
#RNLI - Three young German visitors were rescued by Galway RNLI after getting stranded on Hare Island in Galway Bay yesterday afternoon (Thursday 26 July). The three students were trapped on the island after the tide came in shortly before 12.30pm.…
The cruiser went aground on rocks
At 2.12pm today Lough Derg RNLI to launched following a Mayday relay from Valentia Coast Guard to assist two people reported to be in the water after their 28ft–cruiser was 'taking on water and sinking'.  Valentia Coast Guard gave co-ordinates…
Donaghadee’s all-weather lifeboat Saxon will be open to the public Saturday afternoon as part of the annual festival
#RNLI - Donaghdee RNLI has put together a packed itinerary for their forthcoming Lifeboat Festival this coming Saturday 28 July. The popular maritime festival has gone from strength to strength each year, with locals and visitors exploring the maritime heritage…
File image of Baltimore’s lifeboat crew preparing for a medevac
#RNLI - Baltimore RNLI carried out a medical evacuation yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 25 July) from Cape Clear Island off the coast of West Cork. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat following a request from the Irish Coast Guard…
Bundoran Lifeboat In Two Sunday Calls For Assistance
#RNLI - Bundoran RNLI responded to two calls for assistance yesterday (Sunday 22 July) by an angling boat with a fouled propeller and a yachtsman suddenly taken ill. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched after 10am following a call to go the…
Courtmacsherry RNLI's all-weather lifeboat
#RNLI - Courtmacsherry RNLI rescued six people yesterday afternoon (Sunday 22 July) when their 20ft RIB dive boat got into difficulties at the Old Head of Kinsale. The all-weather lifeboat under coxswain Kevin Young and a crew of six launched…
Wicklow’s all-weather lifeboat Annie Blaker
#RNLI - Wicklow RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Annie Blaker launched shortly after 3.10pm yesterday afternoon (Sunday 22 July) after the skipper of a yacht taking on water called for assistance. The lifeboat — under the command of coxswain Nick Keogh and with…

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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