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Howth RNLI Rescue Two Sailors & 48-Foot Yacht at Risk of Sinking
Howth RNLI launched its all-weather lifeboat this morning to reports of a sailing vessel with 2 people aboard taking on water and starting to sink 7 miles east of Howth. The pagers sounded at 8.24am and the all weather lifeboat…
Crosshaven RNLI's inshore lifeboat John and Janet
#Lifeboats - Crosshaven RNLI launched to the aid of an injured fisherman off Graball Bay yesterday morning (Thursday 14 March). The volunteer crew of the Crosshaven inshore lifeboat, John and Janet, were paged at 10.27am to assist a 10m fishing…
Dara Fitzpatrick as pictured in the pages of Afloat in 1994
An Irish Coast Guard captain lost in the Rescue 116 tragedy two years ago would be “would be so proud of the little boy” her young son has become. The sister of Capt Dara Fitzpatrick was speaking on RTÉ Radio…
HM Coastguard’s Coleraine station was ransacked by burglars in Tuesday night
Coleraine Coastguard is back in business after a reported burglary at its station during Storm Gareth on Tuesday night (12 March). Volunteers woke yesterday morning (Wednesday 13 March) to find that their station “had been broken into and ransacked”. The…
RNLI volunteers Jonathan Connor and Michael P Sullivan check up on Paddy after his dramatic rescue on 17 February
Kinsale’s RNLI lifeboat volunteers have a very special guest joining them in the town’s St. Patrick’s Day parade this Sunday 17 March. Paddy the horse, rescued by the RNLI crew in dramatic circumstances on Sunday 17 February, will lead the…
Lough Derg RNLI's new Atlantic 85
A new Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat has officially gone on service at Lough Derg RNLI. The volunteer crew at Lough Derg have had intensive training over recent months in preparation for the new lifeboat Jean Spier to be officially declared…
New Irish Coast Guard Stamps Based On Painting By Late Volunteer Caitríona Lucas
#Coastguard - Two new postage stamps in tribute to the Irish Coast Guard are based on a painting by a volunteer who died in service, as the Sunday Independent reports. The painting by Caitríona Lucas, who died during a rescue…
File photo of Wicklow RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Wicklow RNLI's inshore lifeboat was launched at 4:40pm yesterday afternoon (Friday 8 March) to search for a missing dog. The alarm was raised by the anxious owner after her dog, named Otis, chased some seagulls down over the cliff edge…
Rosslare Harbour RNLI’s Severn class lifeboat
#Lifeboats - The RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat based in Rosslare Harbour was launched at 10.38pm on Saturday night (2 March) to assist a passenger onboard an Irish Ferries vessel bound for Pembroke in Wales. The passenger ferry Oscar Wilde, which was…
Rescue 116 pictured over Wicklow in August 2015
As the second anniversary of the Rescue 116 tragedy approaches, it has emerged that a draft final report into the incident is still months away from completion, according to the Irish Examiner. The four crew of the Sikorsky S-92 search…
Coast Guard Helicopter R116
The Dublin based Coast Guard Helicopter R116 is assisting the Northern Ireland authorities with a search for a missing person in the Downpatrick area of Co Down. In accordance with standing arrangements, a request was received earlier this morning by…
Youghal’s lifeboat volunteers tie the pleasure craft to the pier head in the harbour
#Lifeboats - Youghal RNLI’s first callout of 2019 came on Sunday (3 March) while out on a morning training exercise. The lifeboat crew had been practising casualty recovery in the area of Youghal Harbour when at 11.33am they became aware…
Bundoran RNLI volunteers pictured back from left, Paul Gallagher, Finn Mullen, Oisin Cassidy, Chris Fox and front from left, Shane O Neill, Nathan Cassidy, Mark Vaughan.
Volunteer crew members at Bundoran RNLI recently undertook an intensive casualty care course, receiving specialised training to enhance their lifesaving skills at sea. The course ran by RNLI trainer Jen Forsyth, focused on effective hands-on treatment rather than complex theory…
Mattie Stafford left, pictured with Declan Dixon from the RNLI when he received his 20 years Long Service Medal in recognition of his time spent on the lifeboat crew
In a warm tribute, the Achill Island RNLI lifeboat station’s volunteers said that it was with deepest shock, regret and sympathy to his family and his wide circle of friends that they reported the untimely passing of their esteemed former…
The IMRF Awards are now in their fourth year
The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) is calling for outstanding individuals, teams, professionals or volunteers, companies and organisations involved in maritime search and rescues (SAR) – all around the world - to be nominated for an IMRF Award 2019. "The…
The ‘dinosaur remains’ found in the mud in the River Boyne on Tuesday
Drogheda Coast Guard had a prehistoric mystery on their hands earlier this week with what the station is calling “probably the most unusual tasking we ever had or ever will have”. The coastguard team were tasked on Tuesday (26 February)…

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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