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#Lifeboats - The RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat based in Rosslare Harbour was launched at 10.38pm on Saturday night (2 March) to assist a passenger onboard an Irish Ferries vessel bound for Pembroke in Wales.
Sea conditions were unfavourable for the volunteers on the Rosslare Harbour lifeboat to go alongside the ferry.
The Oscar Wilde returned to Rosslare Europort at 1am, where an ambulance was waiting to bring the casualty to hospital. The RNLI volunteers in their Severn class lifeboat stood by the passenger ferry for the duration.
Sea conditions were very poor at the time, with a strong Force 7 to 8 gale and heavy rain.
Coxswain Eamonn O’Rourke commented that the volunteer crew of the lifeboat had to endure very challenging conditions.
Speaking afterwards, Rosslare Harbour RNLI lifeboat operations manager David Maloney said: “Conditions at sea tonight were challenging for our coxswain and lifeboat crew and I would like to commend them for their efforts in enduring a rough passage in the dark, and late at night on a Saturday evening, to be of assistance.”
The four crew of the Sikorsky S-92 search and rescue helicopter were lost after the crash at Blackrock island off Co Mayo on 14 March 2017.
As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Capt Dara Fitzpatrick died shortly after she was recovered from the scene. The body of Capt Mark Duffy was recovered almost two weeks later. Winch operator Paul Ormsby and winchman Ciaran Smith were lost at sea.
The latest news from the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAUI) was an interim statement released almost a year agostatement released almost a year ago, which called for “a thorough review of search and rescue aviation operations in Ireland”.
Recommendations from a subsequently commissioned oversight review were accepted by Transport Minister Shane Ross in September last year.
The AAIU has now confirmed that a second interim statement will not be published by 14 March this year, citing work on a draft final report being “at an advanced stage”.
The Irish Examiner has more on the story HERE.
The new directive says risks associated with the use of so-called ‘blues and twos’ by coastguard vehicles “need to be mitigated”.
From now on only those trained to the highest level under the voluntary Emergency Services Driving Standard will be permitted to use lights and sirens when driving.
The directive reportedly makes no mention of any such training being provided to Irish Coast Guard personnel.
The “significant” change has been flagged as a concern by volunteers who fear they could become stuck in traffic when on route to an incident that may be a matter of life and death.
TheJournal.ie has more on the story HERE.
According to the Dept of Transport we’re still a principal emergency service of Ireland. 999 we’ll be there in a while - I know you’re hanging onto a sea cliff, we’re just queuing in tourist traffic at the moment. https://t.co/3qXcOTtCnH— Robin Blandford (@robinb) February 20, 2019
BreakingNews.ie reports on comments made by coastguard divisional controller Derek Flanagan regarding its operations to assist the Russian ship with 91 people on board, which has list power 230 miles south-west of the Kerry port town — as well as an Irish fishing vessel 120 miles west of Dingle that suffered significant damage after a large wave strike.
“Our biggest concern is the danger that these waves represent to the vessels; the likelihood of injury to crews working aboard these vessels is increased quite a lot as they try to contend with those weather conditions,” said Flanagan, who noted that the 10-metre seas faced by the Russian crew were “probably as high as too buses together”.
BreakingNews.ie has more on the story HERE.
Both fishing crew were transferred by the coastguard to University Hospital Limerick for treatment, and it is understood there conditions are not life-threatening.
In a letter to the Labour Court yesterday, Brendan O’Hanlon of trade union Fórsa, whose branch Ialpa represents the pilots, wrote: “Following local last-minute discussions designated to avert the pending action, it has been agreed to defer any action to allow further engagement.”
TheJournal.ie has more on the story HERE.
Brendan O’Hanlon of trade union Fórsa, whose branch Ialpa represents the pilots, said the issues had been an “ongoing problem” for 18 months and that the SAR service “is over-reliant on overtime in order to maintain the level required”.
CHC Ireland, which operates the service, says it has the full compliment of coastguard pilots needed to operate.
From noon on Thursday pilots are set to engage in work-to-rule action, meaning they will work a fixed pattern of six days of work, including three 24-hour shifts, followed by three days off.
The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.
However, minds were put at ease when the dead snake spotted by the local coastguard on Youghal Beach turned out to be a California kingsnake — a non-venomous species that had likely been kept as a pet.
It’s not yet known now the 1.5-metre snake came to be on the beach. The Irish Examiner has more here.
Irish Coast Guard teams across Ireland have responded to incidents related to the extreme conditions brought by Storm Diana over the last two days.
Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard was tasked at lunchtime on Tuesday (27 November) to extract a member of the public that had walked out the South Bull wall during stormy conditions.
The safest option in that situation was the casualty to take shelter until the tide dropped.
Yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 28 November), the team was called out to the Shankill shoreline close to Shanganagh Water Treatment plant to reports of a vehicle submerged in water with person a trapped.
Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard were tasked immediately along with Rescue 116 from Dublin Airport and Dun Laoghaire RNLI. While crews were responding to the incident, the casualty was rescued by his colleagues. All crews were stood down.
Shortly after, Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard was tasked to another incident at the town’s East Pier, where members of the public were stranded due to waves breaching the pier wall.
On arrival, Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard members identified a few members of public on the pier and advised them to relocate to a safer location.
The casualty was evacuated to Crosshaven RNLI’s lifeboat station, while the coastguard crew refloated their vessel that had gone aground.
Crosshaven was tasked again yesterday morning to recover a yacht after it broke its mooring near Drakes Pool. A tow was quickly established and casualty vessel brought to safety to a Royal Cork Yacht Club mooring.
The Irish Coast Guard strongly advises the public to stay away from exposed beaches, cliffs and piers, harbour walls and promenades along the coast during storm conditions.
Remember to Stay Back, Stay High and Stay Dry.
If you see someone in difficulty in the sea, or on the shore dial 999/112 and ask for the coastguard.
The incident came just over a year after an elderly man with a suspected heart problem was evacuated from the same liner off West Cork.