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Search & Rescue, Water Safety - News from the Marine Safety Agencies
Emergency Services including the Irish Coastguard were praised by the Galway West Coroner
A Galway coroner has paid tribute to a French-Canadian who tried to save the life of a Swiss woman when the caravan she was staying in at a Connemara campsite was swept into the sea during Storm Ali writes Lorna Siggins…
Howth Coast Guard’s new rescue ROV
Howth Coast Guard has successfully deployed its new remote operated vehicle (ROV) for the first time in a missing person exercise last night (Wednesday 30 October). After several weeks of training, the coastguard team set out to locate a potential…
A fishing vessel in Howth Harbour
In response to Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) recommendations, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) has issued a Marine Notice to remind masters, owners, users, charterers, skippers and crew of fishing vessels of previous safety advice and requirements.…
The Sligo-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 118 was involved in the multi-agency operation to recover Kenny Andrews from Lower Lough Erne in September 2018
Patrick McGurgan, a Northern Ireland coroner, has recently called for the introduction of a law to make the wearing of lifejackets compulsory in Northern Ireland, writes Betty Armstrong. Mr McGurgan had heard two inquests following separate drowning deaths on inland…
Deployments and recovery will be conducted by the AMS Retriever
Metocean devices will be deployed in the Irish Sea off the Wicklow coast in late October/early November, subject to weather conditions, to facilitate the development of the Arklow Bank Wind Park. Five separate devices are being deployed which will include…
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As the weather gets colder, the winds get stronger and the waves get choppier, Viking Marine wants to make sure you have the best gear to keep you safe should you end up in the water. The Dun Laoghaire chandlery…
Water Safety Ireland Warns Of Heightened Drowning Risk For October Bank Holiday
Water Safety Ireland is warning that the risk of drownings is higher over the coming bank holiday due to cooler waters, wind chill and particularly high tides due to a new moon. Stranding will also be a risk for many…
Portaferry and Newcastle RNLI working with Rescue 116 to rescue the crew of the grounded fishing boat
Five crew were rescued from a fishing vessel that ran aground on rocks on approach to Ardglass Harbour early yesterday morning (Wednesday 23 October). Portaferry and Newcastle RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews launched to assist after a Mayday call from the…
Derry and Kilmore Quay RNLI kitchen volunteers
The great and the good of Kilmore Quay turned out on Friday night (18 October) last weekend to dine on a fish supper with a difference which raised €2,518 for saving lives at sea. Overseeing the cooking was Michelin Star…
File image of Bundoran RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
A diving group stranded off the Donegal coast when their dive boat broke down were rescued by the Bundoran RNLI lifeboat crew yesterday afternoon (Sunday 20 October) Receiving the call from Malin Head Coast Guard shortly before 1pm, the lifeboat crew, who…
(from left) Michael, Jim and James Gallagher at home in Burtonport, Co Donegal with a photo of half-decker Irine which helped to rescue 15 people, mainly young children, off Roaninish in August 1956
The relatives of a Fermanagh woman who was one of 18 people rescued by two Donegal fishermen have expressed delight that the men are to receive national bravery awards – all of 63 years after the event writes Lorna Siggins James…
The smashed in the bow of the 37m  (121 ft) French vessel, Kirrixki after it collided with a 229m  (751ft) cargo ship
The Marine Casualty Investigation Board has confirmed that it is liaising with several flag states over a collision off the Kerry coast last weekend writes Lorna Siggins One fisherman was injured in the massive impact, which smashed in the bow…
Lough Derg RNLI
Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was requested by Valentia Coast Guard to assist a family of three, two adults and a child, on a 21ft cruiser suffering engine failure near the County Clare shore today. Weather conditions were calm with Force…
Valentia RNLI escorting the fishing vessel to Dingle Harbour
Valentia RNLI volunteers launched their all-weather lifeboat this morning to assist a fisherman with suspected spinal injuries following a collision. At 1.17 am the Valentia Coast Guard requested Valentia RNLI all-weather lifeboat to launch to an injured fisherman onboard a…
(from left) Michael, Jim and James Gallagher at home in Burtonport, Co Donegal with a photo of half-decker Irine which helped to rescue 15 people, mainly young children, off Roaninish in August 1956
Two Donegal brothers are to receive national bravery awards next week for their rescue of 18 people from two vessels which got into difficulty off Portnoo - all of 63 years ago writes Lorna Siggins. Retired fishermen James and Michael…
The floating Lidar Metocean Buoy
A Metocean Buoy will be towed out from Drogheda Port and deployed at the Oriel Windfarm, Outer Dundalk Bay according to the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport.  The duration of deployment is 1 day, and it will be carried out…

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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