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Search & Rescue, Water Safety - News from the Marine Safety Agencies
Works will be carried out from the dive support vessel MV Lichtenstein
Ultra Deep Solutions will be carrying out subsea exploration activities off the North West Coast from tomorrow, Wednesday 16 December. The work will be conducted a number of weeks, progress and weather depending, within the vicinity of 55° 19’N, 009°…
Scroll down for the new RNLI vid below
A new video featuring five of the most dramatic RNLI rescues of 2020 has been released today as the lifesaving charity braces itself for another busy Christmas:  Figures for the last 10 years for the festive period (Christmas Eve to…
Carol Flahive with her long Service badge and members of the Wicklow RNLI crew
RNLI Lifeboat volunteer Carol Flahive has received a long service badge in recognition of 20 years' dedicated service to the community. Carol joined Wicklow lifeboat in November 2000 and over the years has been in charge as the Helm on…
Drowning Incidents Prompt Marine Notice Highlighting Dangers of Boating Single-Handed & Without Lifejacket
The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport draws attention to the Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Recreational Craft, following two recent reports from the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB). In October, the MCIB’s report into…
Lough Ree lifeboat call out
Lough Ree RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to come to the assistance of four people on board a barge which ran aground on Saturday afternoon (12 December). The 36ft Dutch barge was stranded where the River Shannon meets Lough…
RNLI Galway
In Galway city, the RNLI inshore lifeboat rescued a man caught in rising tide while out walking at Ballyloughane beach near Renmore. A member of the public spotted the man who had taken refuge on Hare island at about 11…
The ten metre trawler was taking on water and in danger of sinking
Both lifeboats at Clifden RNLI were launched this morning just before 11 am after a Coastguard request to go to the aid of a ten-metre fishing trawler that was taking on water and in danger of sinking. With two crew…
Christmas Swims Must Be Different This Year - Water Safety
This Christmas is very different from all our other Christmases we have experienced and thousands of people around the country who will want to immerse themselves in our invigorating waters must demonstrate compliance with our NPHET guidelines says John Leech…
Robert and Colette Foster with their lifeboat crew daughter Caoimhe and her younger sister Clodagh at Crosshaven RNLI
The families of RNLI lifeboat volunteers have joined an all-Ireland appeal for support after the charity’s usual Christmas fundraisers were cancelled. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the charity that saves lives at sea launched its 2020 Christmas appeal as so…
A wave buoy like these will be deployed off Wicklow this week
TechWorks Marine has scheduled the deployment of a wave buoy off the coast of Wicklow on Tuesday 8 December, weather allowing. The buoy will be a yellow DB 500 and have a flashing light sequence of five flashes every 20…
Michael Power and Crew (L-R Michael Power, Tramore RNLI Helm David McGrath, Tramore RNLI Crew Alec Fitzmaurice and Tramore RNLI Helm Fergal McGrath)
A man whose life was saved by the RNLI off the Waterford coast earlier this year, has urged people to support the RNLI’s Christmas appeal. Michael Power from Tramore had been sea swimming when he got into serious difficulty. Pulled…
Lough Ree RNLI Looking to Raise €100k for New Base at Coosan Point
Coosan Point on Lough Ree is home to one of Ireland’s busiest lifeboat crews. But they operate from temporary facilities and the RNLI say they urgently need a permanent, new base to continue their lifesaving missions. The Institute is seeking…
The RV Celtic Voyager will be conducting these works on behalf of PSE Kinsale Energy
Seabed survey operations in the Kinsale, Greensands, Ballycotton and Seven Heads gas fields off West Cork are set to commence from tomorrow, Sunday 6 December. PSE Kinsale Energy will undertake the decommissioning works on and around the relevant subsea infrastructure…
The World War II mine was found in the Firth of Clyde on Tuesday 1 December
A World War II mine found in “remarkable” condition off western Scotland earlier this week contained 350kg of explosives, according to the Royal Navy. The unexploded ordnance was discovered by a Marine Scotland survey vessel in the Firth of Clyde…
Youghal RNLI lifeboat is launched
Youghal RNLI was tasked yesterday at 1.45 pm by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre to reports of a missing person in the Ardmore Bay area of County Waterford. Assisting the Ardmore Coast Guard Unit and Rescue Helicopter 117 in an…
Join in with Marine Institute Staff on Virtual Festive North Pole Trek in Aid of RNLI
Staff at the Marine Institute are attempting to walk, run, row, cycle and swim the 4,068km distance from their headquarters in Galway to the North Pole in aid of the RNLI. And they’re inviting everyone to join in and support…

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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