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Search & Rescue, Water Safety - News from the Marine Safety Agencies
File image of Lough Ree RNLI volunteers on a training exercise in Athlone
At a time when business and contact hours are at the heart of the national conversation, Lough Ree RNLI is reminding everyone that the charity and its volunteer lifeboat crew remain on call 24/7 throughout Christmas and the New Year.…
Santa Claus returning to the mainland on the Rathlin Island Ferry
Santa Claus had to make his own way back from Rathlin Island yesterday afternoon (Sunday 19 December) after the volunteer lifeboat crew from Red Bay RNLI were diverted to go to the aid of a fishing trawler. The 25-metre trawler…
John O’Toole with his wife Mary at home on Inishturk
Inishturk islander John O’Toole will enjoy his 89th Christmas at home with his wife Mary, his children and grandchildren in the coming weeks. He and his family won’t take this for granted. however, since John spent several weeks in hospital…
Arranmore lifeboat off the coast of Donegal
Many of my memories from fifty years of journalism in all sectors of the media, from local weekly newspapers, to national dailies, radio and television, involve lifeboat stations. In tragedy and celebration that has been the focus of coastal communities,…
Doolin Coastguard
Minister of State for Transport, Hildegarde Naughton says she has asked the Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) to begin “reconstituting” the Doolin Coast Guard unit in Clare, after it was stood down from operations and training. The unit was stood down…
Lough Derg RNLI respond to the paddleboarder callout
On Wednesday afternoon, 15 December, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to launch to assist a person who reported themselves in difficulty in the water near Portumna, at the northern end of Lough Derg. As the crew and…
Kilrush RNLI lifeboat operations manager Shawna Johnson with the station’s inshore lifeboat
Nine months into her role as lifeboat operations manager at Kilrush RNLI, Shawna Johnson is preparing for her first Christmas on call since taking up the management of the Co Clare lifeboat station. As the charity launches its Christmas appeal,…
Courtmacsherry RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat taking off on the callout
Courtmacsherry RNLI was alerted on Sunday afternoon (12 December) that a windsurfer was in difficuly off Harbour View Strand in Courtmacsherry Bay and needed immediate assistance. Within minutes of the crew pagers being activated, both the all-weather Trent Class lifeboat…
With over 1,500 volunteers around Ireland, each RNLI crew member signs up to save every one from drowning – the charity’s mission since 1824. This Christmas Dun Laoghaire RNLI has a number of new volunteer lifeboat crew who are currently…
RNLI Father and daughter: Jen Harris and her father Stephen
A father and daughter who volunteer to save lives at sea with Howth RNLI and who will be on call over Christmas have asked the public to support the charity’s Christmas appeal. Stephen Harris has been a Deputy Launching Authority…
The Aran Islands RNLI all-weather Severn class lifeboat in Galway Docks
The Aran Islands RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather Severn class lifeboat yesterday (Wednesday, 8 December) to go to the aid of a fishing vessel in difficulty, during the aftermath of Storm Barra. The request to launch was made…
French fishing vessels arrive into the Port of Galway
The RNLI Aran lifeboat and Port of Galway came to the aid of a French fishing vessel yesterday which lost its anchor during Storm Barra. The 28-metre Ferreira Martinez was one of three French vessels sheltering from the storm in…
Clare McGrath is the new Chair of Water Safety Ireland
The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today appointed Clare McGrath as the new Chair of Water Safety Ireland (WSI), which works to prevent drownings. Ms McGrath has been a lifelong advocate for drowning prevention and…
The Irish Coast Guard is appealing to all mariners and coastal communities to be mindful of the severe weather warnings
The Irish Coast Guard is appealing to all mariners and coastal communities to be mindful of the severe weather warnings and to note the imminent arrival of Storm Barra. The coastguard is also appealing to anybody considering any form of…
Irish Coast Guard logo
Members of Courtown/Arklow Coast Guard were recently presented with medals of tenure, as the Gorey Guardian reports. And chief among them was Benjamin Murphy, who was recognised for his 40 years’ service prior to his recent retirement. “Pulling off 40…
File image of the Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115
A crew member on a Spanish fishing vessel who fell ill with a suspected stroke was airlifted in an operation off the South West Coast on Thursday (2 December), as TheJournal.ie reports. The Irish Coast Guard’s Shannon-based helicopter Rescue 115…

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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