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The cruiser went aground on rocks
At 2.12pm today Lough Derg RNLI to launched following a Mayday relay from Valentia Coast Guard to assist two people reported to be in the water after their 28ft–cruiser was 'taking on water and sinking'.  Valentia Coast Guard gave co-ordinates…
Donaghadee’s all-weather lifeboat Saxon will be open to the public Saturday afternoon as part of the annual festival
#RNLI - Donaghdee RNLI has put together a packed itinerary for their forthcoming Lifeboat Festival this coming Saturday 28 July. The popular maritime festival has gone from strength to strength each year, with locals and visitors exploring the maritime heritage…
File image of Baltimore’s lifeboat crew preparing for a medevac
#RNLI - Baltimore RNLI carried out a medical evacuation yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 25 July) from Cape Clear Island off the coast of West Cork. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat following a request from the Irish Coast Guard…
Bundoran Lifeboat In Two Sunday Calls For Assistance
#RNLI - Bundoran RNLI responded to two calls for assistance yesterday (Sunday 22 July) by an angling boat with a fouled propeller and a yachtsman suddenly taken ill. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched after 10am following a call to go the…
Courtmacsherry RNLI's all-weather lifeboat
#RNLI - Courtmacsherry RNLI rescued six people yesterday afternoon (Sunday 22 July) when their 20ft RIB dive boat got into difficulties at the Old Head of Kinsale. The all-weather lifeboat under coxswain Kevin Young and a crew of six launched…
Wicklow’s all-weather lifeboat Annie Blaker
#RNLI - Wicklow RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Annie Blaker launched shortly after 3.10pm yesterday afternoon (Sunday 22 July) after the skipper of a yacht taking on water called for assistance. The lifeboat — under the command of coxswain Nick Keogh and with…
Brussels Raises Concerns Over Independence Of MCIB
#MCIB - The European Commission has questioned the independence of Ireland’s Maritime Casualty and Investigation Board. According to The Irish Times, Brussels says the MCIB board “lacks the necessary independence” from the Department of Transport and the Marine Survey Office…
Clifden RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat on exercise
#RNLI - Clifden RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat was launched on Tuesday evening (17 July) for the medevac of a young woman who sustained a serious head injury in a cycling accident on Inishbofin. Arriving at the island’s harbour at 8.53pm, lifeboat crew members Joe…
Live Heli Sniper Firing Exercise Now Under Way
#MarineWarning - The Defence Forces Training Centre is conducting two days of heli sniper live firing exercises in Gormanston Ranges as of this morning, Wednesday 18 July. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the danger area includes the air and sea…
Lough Derg RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
#RNLI - Lough Derg RNLI launched to assist two adults on a 30ft cruiser with electrical failure deep in Youghal Bay off Garrykennedy yesterday afternoon, Monday 16 July. Valentia Coast Guard requested the lifeboat to launch at 2pm to the casualty…
Black Rock, northwest of Achill Island, where the Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 went down on 14 March 2017
#Rescue116 - RTÉ News reports that a lifejacket and helmet thought to be from the Rescue 116 crash last year have been recovered off Achill Island. Local gardaí confirmed that the items were brought ashore by fishermen about a mile…
Bundoran RNLI was called by Malin Head Coast Guard
Volunteer lifeboat crew with Bundoran RNLI rescued three swimmers last night (Monday 16 July) from the sea off Bundoran Beach after they got caught in a rip current. Sea conditions changed suddenly when the father and his two sons went…
A yacht went aground near the Fort sandbank at the entrance to Wexford Harbour
Volunteer lifeboat crew at Wexford RNLI were called out three times over the weekend. On Saturday (14 July), the crew were launched at 6:25 pm to a motorboat adrift with engine failure in the Slaney Estuary. The second callout came…
 The yacht was on passage from Cobh to Baltimore when the call out for assistance was raised with Valentia Radio Coastguard after her prop was fouled
The Courtmacsherry RNLI All Weather Lifeboat was called out at 2.20pm this afternoon to go to the aid of a 41ft–yacht that had got into difficulties and sought help just off the Seven Heads in West Cork.  The Courtmacsherry Lifeboat…
The motor cruiser was on a passage from Cahersiveen Marina to Dingle harbour off the County Kerry coast when the engine caught fire
Valentia RNLI volunteers launched their all-weather lifeboat yesterday afternoon (Saturday 14 July) to assist a 37ft motor cruiser with three people on board, which had caught fire. At 1.00pm the Valentia Coast Guard requested Valentia RNLI all-weather lifeboat to assist…
Carrybridge RNLI and stricken cruisers setting up a towline
#RNLI - Friday 13 July was an unlucky one for a 26ft sports cruiser with engine trouble close to Naan Island on Upper Lough Erne. Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Douglas Euan & Kay Richards launched at 3.23pm yesterday to the cruiser which…

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There's no better fun than getting out on the water but being afloat is a responsibility we all need to take seriously.

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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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