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Search & Rescue, Water Safety - News from the Marine Safety Agencies
Rescue 116 landing at Loughshinny to onboard the cliff fall casualty
Skerries RNLI launched to the aid of a man who had fallen from the cliffs in Loughshinny yesterday afternoon (Sunday 5 September). The lifeboat volunteers were tasked by Dublin Coast Guard after a 999 call was received reporting that a…
Howth RNLI presented DBOGA with a Letter of thanks from the Institution for their generous support.
When Covid 19 hit last year, fundraising for Howth RNLI Lifeboat through street flag day collections, St. Patrick’s Day Irish Coffee Mornings, Golf Classics, Boat Jumble Sales and Vintage Car Runs all came to an abrupt halt, Dublin Bay Old…
Baltimore all-weather lifeboat approaches casualty vessel. The photo was taken by a taken by a crew member on the capsized yacht
Baltimore RNLI were called out twice within 12 hours today (Saturday 4 September), firstly to provide assistance to two people when their vessel went aground, and secondly to provide assistance to a sailing boat that had capsized. The volunteer lifeboat…
Tullan Strand, Bundoran
The volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI lifeboat was requested to assist with a medical evacuation from Tullan Strand, Bundoran this morning (Saturday, 4th September). Shortly before 1 am a request was received from the National Ambulance Service via Malin Head…
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The Irish Coast Guard has launched its new digital portal which will support contingency planning for oil spills and improve preparedness and response to pollution incidents. In line with the Government’s Digital Agenda, the Oil/HNS Contingency Plan Approval Portal aims…
Kilmore Quay RNLI all-weather Tamar class relief lifeboat Victor Freeman
Kilmore Quay RNLI rescued three people on Saturday afternoon (28 August) after their 6.3m cruiser got into difficulty 50 miles off the Wexford coast while they were on an angling day trip. The volunteer crew were requested to launch their…
Dunmore East RNLI volunteers receive the check for more than €31,000 from author David Carroll
Dunmore East RNLI’s lifeboat volunteers were delighted to receive monies raised from the sales of the book charting the history of the Co Waterford lifeboat. Dauntless Courage: Celebrating the History of the Dunmore East RNLI, Their Crews and the Maritime…
The disabled yacht after being brought into Kinsale this evening.
A lone sailor was rescued after his boat suffers engine failure and a sail blow out off the Old Head of Kinsale. The Courtmacsherry All-Weather Trent Class RNLI Lifeboat was called out this afternoon Tuesday at 2 pm to go…
Aran Islands lifeboat tows the angling boat back to Kilronan Harbour
The Aran Islands volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew were requested by the Irish Coast Guard to launch their All-Weather Severn Lifeboat at 2.48 pm, yesterday (Monday, August 30th). An 11.6 metre angling boat, with nine people aboard, was experiencing engine problems…
Howth coastguard volunteers with Lucky Louis the lamb after his rescue following a cliff fall on Lambay Island
Howth’s Irish Coast Guard unit were tasked to an unusual incident yesterday (Sunday 29 August) after a seven-month-old lamb fell off a cliff on Lambay Island. Nicknamed ‘Lucky Louis’, the young sheep had fallen 10 metres down a cliff on…
The 26-foot yacht, with six people on board had been dismasted just off the East Calf Island
Baltimore RNLI was called out to provide assistance to six people on a yacht in difficulty yesterday afternoon (Sunday 29 August) off East Calf Island in West Cork. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 3 pm, following…
Ireland is still at the top of the league table in lifejacket use, according to Water Safety Ireland (WSI) chief executive John Leech
Irish people are more likely to take water safety seriously if it doesn’t involve obeying a law. As The Sunday Independent reports, almost two decades after wearing a lifejacket first became compulsory in Ireland, legislation has proved so unenforceable that…
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The Department of Transport has issued a new Marine Notice on the correct use of lifejackets or personal flotation devices (PFDs) on fishing vessels. It follows the report earlier this month from the Maritime Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) into the…
File image of Carrybridge RNLI’s rescue water craft and inshore lifeboat
Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat and rescue water craft were launched yesterday afternoon (Saturday 28 August) to assess a vessel in distress with five people on board. The sport cruiser had run aground some two miles upstream from Bellanaleck in the…
Fethard RNLI
Fethard RNLI came to the aid of two adults and a child yesterday evening (Thursday 26 August) after their 17ft Dory boat suffered engine failure and was in danger of verging into a nearby shipping lane. The volunteer crew were…
Portaferry RNLI’s inshore lifeboat on Strangford Lough
Portaferry RNLI were called out yesterday evening (Thursday 26 August) at 5.44pm after members of the public reported three people in the water after their small punt capsized on Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland. Helmed by Fergal Glynn and with…

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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