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Small Craft Warning Ahead of Storm Hannah’s Arrival Tomorrow
Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow small craft warning for Force 6 southerly winds later today and tonight (Thursday 25 April) on coasts from Belfast Lough to Howth Head to Carnsore Point ahead of Storm Hannah’s arrival tomorrow. A…
A 28ft yacht on passage from Oban in Scotland to Belfast got into difficulty when its five-person crew became ill in challenging sea conditions
Both Red Bay RNLI lifeboats launched this morning (Wednesday 24 April) when a 28ft yacht on passage from Oban in Scotland to Belfast got into difficulty when its five-person crew became ill in challenging sea conditions and were unable to…
Wicklow's RNLI lifeboat Annie Blaker
This Sunday (28 April 2019) Wicklow RNLI will bid farewell to their beloved lifeboat Annie Blaker, the last operational Tyne Class lifeboat in the RNLI’s fleet. The historic vessel will launch for the final time at Wicklow lifeboat station on…
Killaloe Coast Guard volunteers with the dog they brought to safety along with its owners after their cruiser lost power
#Rescue - Lough Derg RNLI and Killaloe Coast Guard launched to separate incidents on Easter Monday (22 April) that between them saw four people and a dog rescued on the lough. In the first incident, Lough Derg’s inshore lifeboat launched to…
Arklow RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Ger Tigchlearr
It was a busy weekend for RNLI lifeboats in Arklow, Larne and Kilmore Quay which each had callouts over the Easter period. Arklow RNLI launched on Sunday afternoon (21 April) to assist a jetski in difficulty following a launch request…
Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards
At 1.14pm on the Saturday 20 April Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards and Rescue Water Craft (RWC) were launched to a vessel with two people which had run aground North West of Knockninny. Winds were Southerly,…
File photo of Portaferry RNLI's inshore lifeboat
Portaferry RNLI launched to the aid of a fishing vessel with three on board which suffered engine failure on Strangford Lough yesterday afternoon (Saturday 20 April). Volunteers were paged while taking part in in a ‘crew day’, whereby they gathered to clean…
The Courtmacsherry Lifeboat Crew on Callout as they arrive back into Courtmacsherry at 4 am this morning: Sean O Farrell, Mechanic Tadgh McCarthy and Crew members Ken Cashman, Denis Murphy, Evin O Sullivan and Conor Tyndall
The Courtmacsherry All-Weather RNLI Lifeboat was called out at 7.40 pm last night (Saturday) to go to the aid of a 40 ft Yacht which sought assistance 34 Miles off Courtmacsherry and due south of the Seven Heads peninsula in…
The lifeboat crew set up for tow and eased the cruiser off the rocks and into safe water
At 3:40pm Thursday 18th April, Lough Derg RNLI was requested by Valentia Coast Guard to assist 7 people on a 60-ft cruiser aground in Coose Bay, between Split Rock and Hagen Rock. Volunteer crew, with helm Eleanor Hooker, Owen Cavanagh,…
Ballyglass RNLI’s volunteers are getting ready to swap the waves for the road
Ten volunteer lifeboat crew from Ballyglass RNLI, in conjunction with Belmullet Cycling Club, will undertake a 150km cycle from Sligo Bay RNLI in Rosses Point to Ballyglass RNLI in Belmullet on Saturday 27 April. A total of 130 cyclists from…
Hoylake RNLI volunteers and other emergency services worked together to free the trapped horse on the Wirral coast
Horse riders and owners have been warned over taking their animals to beaches or mudflats after two separate rescue incidents in the UK in recent days Last Saturday (13 April) two horses and their riders were rescued from thick mud…
Weather Forecast Increases Risk of Cold Water Drownings
The 22°C warm weather forecast for the bank holiday weekend increases the risk of drownings as warmer air temperatures can tempt people to go swimming in waters that are still cold (10°C coastal, 8°C inland) says Water Safety Ireland. Survival…
Last year, lifeguards in Northern Ireland responded to 283 incidents and came to the aid of 252 people
Starting on Good Friday, 19 April, RNLI lifeguards will be operating a daily patrol from 11am to 7pm on Benone Strand, Portstewart Strand, West Strand and East Strand in Portrush, and Whiterocks. The Easter service will run until Sunday 28…
File photo of Portaferry RNLI
A volunteer crew from Portaferry RNLI launched to a 999 call in the early hours of Sunday morning (14 April) reporting that a yacht with three people on board had hit rocks at Rainey Island near Ballydoran in Strangford Lough.…
The fishing vessel with engine failure under tow back to Wicklow
Wicklow RNLI volunteers were alerted by pager at 1.05pm on Friday afternoon (12 April) following a launch request to assist a fishing boat with engine failure. The all-weather lifeboat Jock and Annie Slater put to sea shortly before 1.15pm under…
Baltimore RNLI on Thursday night’s medevac callout to Sherkin Island
#Lifeboats - Baltimore RNLI carried out a medevac on Thursday night (11 April) from Sherkin Island off the coast of West Cork. The volunteer crew launched their all-weather lifeboat following a request from the Irish Coast Guard at 9.29pm to…

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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