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Search & Rescue, Water Safety - News from the Marine Safety Agencies
The Eemslift Hendrika moments before a number of its crew jumped from its deck as it listed dangerously to starboard
The crew of a Dutch cargo vessel were rescued by helicopter as their ship developed a heavy list in the Norwegian Sea late on Monday (5 April). Now there are concerns that the Eemslift Hendrika, which remains adrift with its…
The Irish Tow Surf Rescue Club has also objected to a jetski ban
Water Safety Ireland has expressed concern about a proposal to ban the use of jetskis from a number of popular beaches on the Clare coastline. As The Times Ireland edition reports today, Clare County Council proposes prohibiting the launching of…
The RNLI lifeboats tow the abandoned GP14 dinghy back to shore at Youghal
Volunteer lifeboat crew with Youghal RNLI rescued five people from the water off Capel Island near Knockadoon in the Youghal Bay area this afternoon (Monday 5 April) when the two GP14 sailing dinghies they were in capsized leaving one adult…
Two Coastguard Rescue officers in water rescue equipment made their way out to the island
Portaferry Coastguard Rescue Team was paged on Saturday along with Newcastle Coastguard after a report that seven people were stranded by the tide on Guns Island, off the southeastern County Down coast near Ballyhornan. Two Coastguard Rescue officers in water…
Lough Neagh Rescue towed home a 24ft cruiser that had lost power
Lough Neagh Rescue was called last Friday evening to a 24ft cruiser that had lost power. The vessel was located about 1.5 nautical miles to the east of Ballyronan on the west side of Lough Neagh. Lifeboats were launched and…
Belfast Coastguard Operations Centre Hoax Call
Coastguard and Lifeboat rescue teams have been extremely busy over the Easter Weekend and of course, answer distress calls without hesitation. But Belfast Coastguard Operations Centre has reported a hoax call. Both Bangor and Portaferry Coastguard Rescue Teams were tasked…
The multi-agency response at Whitewater Brook in Howth on Friday afternoon 2 April
TheJournal.ie reports that a man in his 20s has died after getting into difficulty while swimming in the sea off Howth yesterday afternoon, Friday 2 April. Howth Coast Guard Rescue and Howth RNLI were tasked to the scene at the…
Rescuers arrive at the Loa Zour in stormy seas in June 2019
The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport reminds seafarers of the important of passage planning and regular weather forecast checks during voyages. It comes following the recommendations in the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) report into the rescue…
File image of Ballyglass lifeboat station
In Co Mayo, Ballyglass RNLI’s inshore lifeboat launched to assist a fishing vessel in Broadhaven Bay in the station’s first callout of 2021. At 12.30pm yesterday (Friday 2 April) the Irish Coast Guard requested the volunteer crew to assist a…
The rescue at Island Hill of an adult and two children cut off by the tide was carried out by local paddleboarders
The last two days in March were busy for Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team with incidents on Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st March in Strangford Lough. On Tuesday the team responded to a report of a person in the water near…
Wicklow all-weather lifeboat RNLB Joanna and Henry Williams launching to the incident
The Wicklow all-weather lifeboat RNLB Joanna and Henry Williams launched at 4:10 pm this afternoon following a launch request from the Coast Guard, to assist a 10-metre fishing vessel in difficulties ten miles offshore. The lifeboat crew located the stricken…
Portrush RNLI’s inshore lifeboat being put into the water
Portrush RNLI’s volunteer crew launched their inshore lifeboat to reports of a fishing vessel in difficulty just outside the Northern Ireland harbour yesterday evening, Wednesday 31 March. The 26-foot vessel with three on board lost power just outside the North…
RNLI
The RNLI and the Irish Coast Guard are urging people who will be spending time on or near the water during the Easter break to take note of the relevant water safety advice for their activity and to raise the…
File image of Larne RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
With the Easter holidays now begun in Northern Ireland, Larne RNLI is encouraging anyone planning to visit the coast to know the risks to protect themselves and their families and to heed key sea safety advice. Larne RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat…
Dun Laoghaire RNLI inshore boat at the Forty Foot on Dublin Bay
Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI rescued a swimmer in difficulty yesterday (Tuesday 30 March) who could not get back to shore. The volunteer lifeboat crew were paged following a report made to the Irish Coast Guard that a swimmer was believed…
European Cockpit Association president Capt Otjan de Bruijn
A European pilots’ organisation has expressed alarm at the delay in publishing the final report into the loss of four air crew in the Rescue 116 helicopter crash off the Mayo coast four years ago. As The Times Ireland edition…

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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