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Search & Rescue, Water Safety - News from the Marine Safety Agencies
Aran Islands RNLI official opening of shop and Visitor Experience poster
The RNLI’s most westerly shop in Ireland will officially open its doors next Saturday 1 October from 1-4pm on Inis Mór, raising vital lifesaving funds for the charity that saves lives at sea. And the day will also see the…
File image of Wicklow RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Joanna and Henry Williams
Wicklow RNLI went to the assistance of a lone sailor on Tuesday morning (20 September) after his vessel got fouled in ropes. The all-weather lifeboat Joanna and Henry Williams slipped its moorings from the south quay at 8.50am following a…
File image of Ballyglass RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
Ballyglass RNLI came to aid of four fishermen in Donegal Bay in the early hours of Wednesday morning (21 September) after their 55ft trawler got into difficulty overnight. The volunteer crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat by Malin…
Mr. John Payne (right), presents David Maloney with the RNLI commendation. In doing so, the charity wished to acknowledge his brave actions that night and recognise it as a life saved by an RNLI volunteer
Former Rosslare RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, David Maloney has been awarded a Commendation from the Operations Director of the RNLI for his role in a rescue in September 2016, where his actions saved the life of a woman trapped in…
Minister of State with responsibility for the Irish Coast Guard Hildegarde Naughton turns the sod on the new Coast Guard Station for Bunmahon, Co Waterford. A sum of 5.3 million euro is being invested in the new station, according to Minister
Two junior ministers have turned a sod on the construction site of a new Coast Guard station at Bunmahon, Co Waterford. A sum of 5.3 million euro is being invested in the new station, according to Minister of State with…
The RNLI Helvick Head Atlantic inshore lifeboat.
Helvick Head RNLI was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat on Tuesday afternoon, 20 September, following a report that a swimmer was in difficulty off Clonea beach. With calm seas and Force 2-3 south westerly winds, the volunteer crew launched…
Skerries RNLI recovering debris from the sunken razor fishing vessel
Skerries RNLI were tasked on Saturday afternoon (17 September) after Dublin Coast Guard received reports from kayakers that a fishing vessel had sunk off Loughshinny in north Co Dublin and a man was in the water. The Atlantic 85 inshore…
Killian O'Kelly talks about the history of the station
The RNLI volunteer crew at Bundoran will feature in the brand new series of popular BBC Two programme Saving Lives at Sea this week. Featuring footage captured on helmet cameras, the primetime documentary series lets viewers witness rescues through the…
The scene at Downpatrick Head in Co Mayo where the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation rescued the individual, supported by the Coast Guard Units from Killala/Ballyglass/Killybegs/Achill, the Ballyglass RNLI Lifeboat, National Ambulance Service, Civil Defence, County Fire Service and An Gardai Siochana, including the Gardai Water Unit.
The Irish Coast Guard Maritime Rescue Sub Centre (MRSC) at Malin Head has reported the safe rescue of the trapped man from the cave at Downpatrick Head Co Mayo. The man has been transferred to Sligo University Hospital by the…
Downpatrick Head was a stop on the 2021 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series circuit
A man has been rescued from a sea cave on the Co Mayo coast in which he has been trapped for close to 24 hours. A multi-agency rescue operation had been awaiting low tide this afternoon (Sunday 18 September) to…
Crosshaven RNLI lifeboat is lowered into the water on a call out to assist a broken-down motorboat
Valentia Coast Guard activated the pagers at 9.28 pm on Saturday, 17 Sept, requesting the Crosshaven RNLI crew in Cork Harbour to attend to a disabled 22’ powerboat with two adults and two children on board in Lough Mahon close…
A decision was made to tow the fishing vessel the short distance to Corrán, the nearest and safest pier
Achill Island RNLI went to the assistance of two local fishermen whose 21ft fishing vessel was experiencing engine difficulties this morning. The volunteer lifeboat crew were requested by Malin Head Coast Guard to go to the assistance of the two…
Baltimore RNLI were called out to a solo yachtsman
Baltimore RNLI Lifeboat was called out this morning to provide assistance to a yacht with one person on board that got into difficulty 25 miles south of Glandore, West Cork. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 8.35…
A shaken Bear the dog is brought to safety by Doolin Coast Guard volunteers after his cliff fall ordeal
A dog has escaped serious injury as he was rescued from the sea after falling more than 70 feet from a cliff near Doolin in Co Clare. As reports, Irish Coast Guard volunteers responded to the call for help…
Clogherhead RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
The volunteer crew from Clogherhead RNLI in Mid Louth were called to rescue a lone fisherman and his boat in calm conditions as the sun went down on Saturday evening (10 September). The fisherman himself had requested help from the…
Arklow RNLI’s volunteers attend the stricken yacht off Arklow’s South Beach
Arklow RNLI launched on Sunday evening (11 September) to assist two people on 39ft yacht which had lost propulsion and was adrift off the Co Wexford town. The volunteer crew made their way to the lifeboat station around 7pm and…

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.