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#Rescue - Two tourists have been rescued after falling from cliffs at Howth Head yesterday afternoon (Saturday 5 April).

Howth Coast Guard Cliff Rescue volunteers immediately reported to the scene at Lion's Head after 5pm, where they found a teenage boy calling from help from the cliff face some 20 feet from the top.

Working quickly as the teen was at risk of slipping further down the cliff, rescuers lowered a rope to secure him before a winchman from Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 was able to reach the casualty, who had minor injuries, and lift him aboard.

Meanwhile, the second casualty, an older male, was found to have fallen 150 feet to the beach at the foot of the cliffs.

He was stabilised by paramedics while Rescue 116 prepared to airlift him to Tallaght Hospital for treatment. His condition is not yet known.

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#Coastguard - Howth Coast Guard was among many emergency units responding yesterday afternoon (Sunday 26 January) to an incident on a fishing vessel in Dublin Bay where a crew member had fallen in a storage area and lost consciousness.

Coastguard helicopter Rescue 116 was dispatched to get a winchman paramedic on board the vessel amid difficult weather conditions to stabilise the patient.

Due to the sea state and the location of the casualty, it was considered the safest option for the trawler to head to port with the coastguard paramedic remaining on board.

The Irish Coast Guard rescue team from Howth, a Dublin Fire Brigade unit from Kilbarrack and a HSE ambulance from Swords were tasked to attend the West Pier in Howth.

The patient had regained consciousness by the time he was successfully extracted by stretcher through narrow hatches to the deck and onto the pier, from where he was transported by ambulance to Beaumont Hospital for further evauluation.

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#Coastguard - The Howth unit of the Irish Coast Guard reports that it was tasked to assist the Dublin-based rescue helicopter with a medical evacuation landing on Christmas Eve.

Rescue 116 landed at the OBI fire brigade training college on Malahide Road where the casualty was transferred to a waiting ambulance.

The medieval marked the first such operation for Rescue 116 and the expansion of the medevac programme trialled by the Shannon-based helicopter earlier this year.

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#Philippines - Howth Coast Guard will be hosting a donation drive for clothing and other items needed by people in the Ajuy area of the Philippines currently recovering from the recent Typhoon Haiyan disaster.

The coastguard station on the West Pier in Howth will be open this Saturday 23 November from 12pm to 2pm to take in light clothes such as shorts and T-shirts that are suitable for the warm climate in the Philippines.

Light bed linen and towels will also be accepted, and donors are asked to roll their items as tightly as they can into a bag so that the courier boxes can be filled as much as possible.

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#rnli – Volunteer lifeboat crewmembers and fundraisers were awarded certificates at the Howth RNLI's Supporter's Meeting last Wednesday in Howth Yacht Club (6 Nov).

Fundraisers who took part or organised wide range of activities from barbeques to kayaking, cycle rides to the Rose of Tralee were awarded Certificates of Thanks for their efforts. Ronan Murphy and the StaminUp group from Toned Fit took part in the To Hell & Back Challenge. Jennifer Murphy and Brendan Mulligan cycled from London to Paris. Gavin Pritcher organised the Dublin City Kayaking Challenge. Dermot and Liz Skehan held barbeques for Howth Yacht Club's White Sail Series and Kate O'Farrell entered the Rose of Tralee and choose the RNLI as her charity.

Ian Massey, lifeboat crewmember, received a Certificate of Service in recognition of over 20 years service to the RNLI. Lifeboat crewmembers Paddy Brown, Fred Connolly, Michael Duffy, Dave Howard, Rob Kerley, Ian Martin, Tim McDonnell, Stephen Mullaney, Ronan Murphy, Michael Murtagh, Manus O'Donnell, Adam Scott, Ian Sheridan and Joss Walsh received Casualty Care Certificates.

Howth RNLI's current fundraising campaign is aiming to raise money to fund a new pager system for the volunteer crew.

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#RNLI - Howth RNLI has brought six people to safety on Saturday evening (2 November) after their 37ft yacht got into difficulty north of Dublin Bay.

The volunteer crew was requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat by the Irish Coast Guard shortly after 6pm following a report that a 37ft yacht was unable to safely enter the harbour from one mile east of Howth Harbour.

The lifeboat, under coxswain Robert Duffy and with six crew members onboard, launched in five minutes into gale force winds and made its way to the scene.

Weather conditions were difficult, with winds blowing Force 8 to 9 at the time and gusting to 45 knots.

The lifeboat located the yacht in a calm, sheltered bay off Howth Head. A lifeboat crew member was then transferred to the disabled boat which had encountered a mechanical problem. A tow line was then established and the lifeboat brought the vessel to safety at Howth at 7pm.

Speaking following the call-out, Duffy said: "This was a challenging call-out for our volunteer crew tonight given the gusty weather conditions and the darkness.

"Thankfully we were on scene quickly and using our training, we were able to assist the six crew members on board the yacht and bring them safely to shore."

Elsewhere, Kilrush RNLI brought a yacht which was dragging its mooring off Hogg Island to safety on Saturday morning.

The volunteer crew was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat at 9.40am, and within minutes they had sighted the vessel, which was located a short distance from Cappa Pier.

A crewmember was put aboard the vessel to start the engine and bring it to another secured mooring. In the meantime, the crew put a line on the strayed mooring line and towed it out of the way from the main shipping line. 

Winds were extremely strong gusting up to Force 8, and it was decided in the interest of safety that the yacht be brought into Kilrush Creek Marina.

Kilrush RNLI lifeboat operations manager John Lamb praised the crew who he said put their skills and training to good work in what was challenging weather conditions.

"When volunteer crew members put in the time for training, their efforts pay off on call-outs such as this one this morning and thankfully we were able to bring this vessel to safety," he said.

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#Missing - RTÉ News reports that an air and sea search and rescue operation to locate a missing person off Howth in North Dublin has been suspended.

According to the Howth Coast Guard, rescue crews including the Howth RNLI inshore lifeboat and Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 were tasked immediately upon reports from several witnesses of a person entering the water at Balscadden Beach east of Howth village around 7pm last night (Friday 18 October).

The search was called off late last night as conditions deteriorated on scene, and resumed at 5.30am this morning, but appears to have been stood down around 10am, as reports.

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#NewsUpdate - Search and rescue teams recovered a body from the water off Howth late last night (Monday 14 October).

RTÉ News reports that the alarm was raised shortly after 9pm last night for a missing person, with the search being concentrated around the town's east pier and Balscadden Road area.

However, the Howth Coast Guard blog confirms that close to midnight a body was located by a coastguard search team and recovered to shore by the Howth RNLI inshore lifeboat.

Paramedics attended but the person was pronounced dead at the scene.

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#Missing - RTÉ News reports that the search resumed this morning (7 September) for a man reported missing in Howth yesterday evening.

Search and rescue services sprang into action after reports that a man was spotted in the water near the Baily Lighthouse.

It later emerged that the missing man is in his 40s, and fishing gear believed to belong to him was found in the area where he was last seen.

The search was suspended last night around 8pm due to fading light and resumed this morning, but the surface search has now concluded with no sign of the missing man.

Garda divers are assessing conditions for a possible underwater search later today.

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#WaterfrontProperty - A modern commercial property in a prominent location overlooking Howth Harbour is a snap at €600,000.

Harbour House is on Harbour Road at the heart of the North Co Dublin fishing village, located opposite the busy Howth Yacht Club.

The four-storey property comprises 336sqm of floor space, and is currently producing €40,000 from its current tenants.

And The Irish Times says the overall rent should increase to at least €63,000 once an additional second retail unit and an office on the premises are let.

For more on this property see the DouglasNewmanGood Commercial Property website HERE.

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