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The all-weather lifeboat Dr John McSparran tows the stricken motorboat to Larne Harbour
#RNLI - Larne RNLI launched to the aid of two people on Monday morning (18 December) after their 33ft motorboat had engine difficulties en route from Carrickfergus to Greencastle. The all-weather lifeboat Dr John McSparran was requested to assist the…
Capt Dara Fitzpatrick as pictured in a 1994 issue of Afloat magazine
#Rescue116 - British SAR contractor Heli Operations has named its latest helicopter in tribute to Capt Dara Fitzpatrick, who died in the Rescue 116 tragedy earlier this year. The Westland Sea King HAS.5, codenamed ZA116, will bear the name Dara…
Galway Lifeboat Rescues Fisherman With Hand Injury
#RNLI - Independent.ie reports that a fisherman with a hand injury was hospitalised after his rescue from a trawler off Salthill by Galway RNLI yesterday afternoon (Saturday 9 December). The volunteer lifeboat crew launched within 10 minutes of the alarm…
Union Hall RNLI crew and supporters
Volunteers at Union Hall RNLI are celebrating the news that their lifeboat station in West Cork is to be formally established following a successful trial. The recommendation subject to the provision of a long term shoreworks solution was approved at…
Dunmore East's Trent class lifeboat sustained damage after another boat is thought to have collided the pontoon it was moored alongside
#RNLI - Dunmore East RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat sustained damage overnight while moored alongside its pontoon in the Co Waterford harbour. Impact by another vessel in the early hours of this morning (Friday 1 December) resulted in damage to both the…
Search Off Galway For Missing Fisherman
#Missing - RTÉ News reports that a major air and sea rescue operation has been launched for a fisherman reported missing off Galway last night (Wednesday 22 November). A fishing boat was found adrift with no occupant west of Blackrock…
Skerries RNLI position the razor boat alongside Loughshinny Harbour
#RNLI - Skerries RNLI assisted a 12-metre razor fishing vessel that developed steering problems near Loughshinny last night (Friday 17 November). Shortly before 9pm, one of the volunteer crew raised the alarm after receiving a phone call from a fisherman…
Courtmacsherry RNLI tows the trawler to the safety of Kinsale Harbour on Saturday night during Ireland’s match with Denmark
#RNLI - Courtmacsherry RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat was called out at 7pm on Saturday night (11 November) to go to the aid of an 80ft fishing boat that got into difficulties 15 miles south of the Seven Heads in West Cork.…
The new Atlantic 85 class lifeboat at Carrybridge
A new Atlantic 85 class lifeboat has gone on service at Carrybridge RNLI. The lifeboat which arrived at the Upper Lough Erne lifeboat station on Tuesday (7 November), replaces Duckhams 2001, which has been used to rescue people on Lough…
Recreational Craft fatalities between 2006-2015
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD, says a significant number of Irish Coast Guard call-outs in recent years have been to assist recreational craft. The Minister's comments were made as a new Code of Practice was launched for…
Donaghadee all-weather lifeboat Saxon towing rescued fishing vessel
Donaghadee RNLI has brought two fishermen to safety this morning after their 10m boat got into difficulty off the County Down coast.The volunteer lifeboat crew was alerted at 8.05am this morning (9 November), with Donaghadee RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Saxon being…
Pictured at the European Satellite Navigation Awards in Estonia are (l-r) Matthew Kelly, CTO, DroneSAR; Leo Murray, R&D, DroneSAR; Kathryn lenvain, Head of competitions and events, AZO;  Andreas Veispak, Head of Space data/Copernicus at European Commission; Oisin McGrath, CEO, DroneSAR; Bruce Hannah, CTO, National Space Centre Ltd
Donegal based startup, DroneSAR Ltd has won the European Commission prize announced last night (7 November 2017) in Tallinn, Estonia at the awards ceremony for the 14th European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) winners. DroneSAR Ltd were awarded this prize for…
Pictured at the launch of the RNLI’s Cork Reindeer to be held on Sunday 26th November at Fota Park is (Clockwise back Left) Crosshaven lifeboat crew Maeve Leonard and Vincent Fleming, Alex Fegan (11) Derval O’Rourke,  and Maggie O’Brien (12)
Cork athlete, broadcaster and self-confessed foodie, Derval O’Rourke, says the RNLI’s Reindeer Run is the perfect opportunity to get fit, have fun and raise funds for a good cause. Derval is the charity’s Ambassador for the popular annual family event,…
Arranmore RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
#RNLI - Arranmore RNLI in Co Donegal was called out yesterday morning (Monday 6 November) at 11.45am to assist a 19ft fishing boat with two people onboard. The small boat was approximately 400 metres from Arranmore Lifeboat Station when it…
SafeTrx is being rolled out for use within the Cypriot Search and Rescue Region
#SafeTrx - Irish-developed vessel tracking app SafeTrx has had its latest international launch in Cyprus. Originally unveiled by Irish Sailing in 2013, the smartphone app makes it easy for boats to allow contacts on shore to monitor their voyages for…
Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard gets a better vantage point to observe the SUPs riding the wake of ferries coming into Dublin Port
#Coastguard - The Irish Coast Guard received a call from a member of the public yesterday evening (Sunday 5 November) who advised that two stand-up paddle boarders appeared to be in difficultly at the North Bull Wall near Dublin Port.…

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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