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Richard Bushe naming the new lifeboat
Baltimore RNLI held a special ceremony on the North Pier yesterday which saw the station receive a Vellum (Inscription of thanks from the Institution) marking one hundred years of saving lives at sea and the naming the new Atlantic 85…
Baltimore all-weather lifeboat on exercise with Rescue 117 prior to call out on Saturday 7 September
A motorboat that became propped up on pot buoys in Baltimore Harbour at the weekend made a direct call for help to the local RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat which was returning to base nearby. The incident occurred on Saturday evening (7…
The vessel on slipway at Cleggan with name and fishing number on board on port side of wheelhouse
An investigation into the death of a man in a small boat sinking off Connemara last year has found that he had purchased substantial safety equipment, almost none of which was on board at the time of the fatal incident writes…
Baltimore RNLI’s new Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat will be officially named Rita Daphne Smyth this Sunday
Baltimore RNLI’s new Atlantic 85 lifeboat will be officially named Rita Daphne Smyth during a ceremony at the North Pier at 3pm this Sunday 8 September. As part of the station’s centenary celebrations, the lifeboat, which was placed on service…
The 24-metre fishing boat, with five persons aboard, had lost all power and requested assistance
Lifeboat crew at Castletownbere RNLI were launched yesterday afternoon to assist a 24-metre fishing vessel which had lost all power four miles west of the Bull Rock in West Cork. The lifeboat was tasked by Valentia Coastguard Radio shortly after…
Kieran O'Connell and lucky Toby
Dun Laoghaire RNLI’s mechanic Kieran O’Connell came to the rescue of a small dog who fell from a height and became trapped on Dun Laoghaire’s East Pier this morning. A member of the public rang the lifeboat station at 11.40am…
Pictured from left are, Claire Morgan, Crosshaven RNLI shore crew and Maryborough Lunch Fundraising Committee, Avril O’Brien, Maryborough Lunch Fundraising Committee, Molly Murphy, Crosshaven RNLI crew member, Ruth McSweeney, Maryborough Lunch Fundraising Committee, Mary Creedon RNLI Community Fundraising Manager and James Fegan, Crosshaven RNLI crew member
After a successful return last year, the Cork RNLI charity lunch and auction at Maryborough Hotel will be held on Friday 1 November to raise funds for Baltimore, Crosshaven and Kinsale RNLI lifeboat stations. The fundraising event is a popular…
The Courtmacsherry Lifeboat was involved in an early morning callout to a fishing boat (above) in trouble off the Kinsale Gas Field in West Cork
The Courtmacsherry all-weather Trent Class RNLI Lifeboat Frederick Storey Cockburn was called out at 2.36 am this morning Wednesday to go to the aid of an 85-foot fishing boat which sought assistance as it got into difficulties near the Kinsale…
Jack Lowe at work photographing Dungeness RNLI’s volunteers
Nearly five years into his epic project to photograph every RNLI lifeboat station with a Victorian-era camera, Jack Lowe this week began the Northern Ireland leg of the mammoth undertaking. Starting yesterday (Tuesday 3 September) at Red Bay, Lowe’s four-week…
‘Swim Safe’ Sessions At Lough Erne’s Share Centre This Month
The RNLI says it wants to help children Swim Safe with free water safety sessions at the Share Discovery Village on Upper Lough Erne for the first time this September. The fun, hour-long sessions teach young people how to swim…
File image of Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat and rescue water craft
Northern Ireland lifeboat crews marked the end of the summer season with a number of callouts over the weekend. On Saturday afternoon (31 August) Portaferry’s inshore lifeboat wad called out to reports that two Flying Fifteen keelboats had capsized on Strangford…
Red Bay RNLI tows the yacht to safety
Five people were rescued off North Co Antrim yesterday afternoon (Friday 30 August) when their 33ft yacht got into difficulty near Rathlin Island. Red Bay RNLI’s volunteer crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat 1.20pm following a report that…
Notice On Use Of Lifejackets & Buoyancy Aids On The Water
A new Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport reiterates the requirements for lifejackets on pleasure craft and personal water craft. Superseding a previous notice from spring 2016, the new document explains personal flotation devices or PFDs…
Aran Islands RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
Two people were evacuated from the Aran Islands for medical reasons by the area’s RNLI lifeboat yesterday (Wednesday 28 August). At 4.50pm the all-weather lifeboat David Kirkaldy called to launch from Inis Mór to neighbouring Inis Meain where an elderly…
Kilkeel RNLI’s inshore lifeboat headed for Carlingford Lough yesterday afternoon
Kilkeel’s volunteer lifeboat crew worked fast to help clear a speedboat with engine troubles from a busy shipping lane yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 27 August). The 16ft Bayliner, with one person on board, had broken down in Carlingford Lough and was…
Larne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Terry en route to Ballygally
Larne RNLI’s volunteer crew were kept busy with two callouts in quick succession on yesterday’s Bank Holiday (Monday 26 August), while the Portaferry lifeboat had an early-hours launch to aid a yacht run around in Strangford Lough. Larne’s inshore lifeboat…

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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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