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#Coastguard - TheJournal.ie reports that the Irish Coast Guard was involved in the rescue of an injured fisherman from a Norwegian trawler hundreds of miles off the west coast in the early hours Monday (24 February).

Coastguard helicopter Rescue 115 from Shannon - the first of the IRCG's new fleet of Sikorsky S92 long-range choppers - was dispatched on Sunday night to the fishing boat's position some 250km off Slea Head.

The helicopter quickly evacuated the fallen crewman to Mid-Western Regional Hospital for treatment for chest injuries.

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#Coastguard - The rescue of a lost dog from a cliff on Valentia Island is just one of the latest achievements of a coastguard - both volunteer and professional - that boasts a fleet "as good as you'll find anywhere in Europe".

The Irish Examiner reports the comment from Irish Coast Guard director Chris Reynolds at the launch of Dublin's new Sikorsky S92 search and rescue helicopter yesterday (13 January).

On the same say, coastguard volunteers in Co Kerry retrieved a lost beagle from a cliff crevice on Valentia Island's Fogher Cliffs.

UPI reports that the dog, named Shandon, has been lost for three days after wandering from its owner on a walk.

But he was finally located and brought to safety by volunteers from the Knightstown Coast Guard - acting in their own capacity as official searches cannot be conducted for animals.

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#Rescue - The Irish Independent reports that a 13-year-old boy has been rescued after falling into the River Boyne in Drogheda last night (28 December).

It's believed the boy had been playing close to the edge of the river opposite the Louth town's Garda station when he slipped into the water.

The casualty was kept afloat by a life ring thrown by a passer-by till he was rescued by the Irish Coast Guard.

The Irish Independent has more on the story HERE.

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#Rescue - The Irish Times reports on a "lucky escape" in Co Mayo yesterday (22 December) after a car plunged into deep water on Achill Island.

The driver of the vehicle was quickly rescued by the island's Irish Coast Guard unit after her car came of the road near Keel Lake in gale-force weather conditions, and was left teetering on an underwater ledge above a 25-metre drop.

Sadly a similar incident in Co Roscommon just hours before had a tragic end when the driver of a car that went into a lake could not be revived, though his passenger managed to escape the vehicle.

The Irish Times has much more on these stories HERE.

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#Rescue - TheJournal.ie reports that two climbers were rescued after falling into the water at the Upper Lake of Glendalough in Co Wicklow yesterday (Monday 25 November).

The two men had managed to get themselves out of the water near Temple na Skellig by the time members of the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue team reached them.

Rescuers provided the two men with treatment for hypothermia before bringing them back to the team's base.

TheJournal.ie has more on the story HERE.

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#MarineWildlife - Arklow RNLI were involved in the rescue of two seals caught in fishing gear close to the lifeboat station.

Volunteer crew at the Wicklow-based station were made aware yesterday afternoon (21 November) that the seals were apparently trapped in the fishing nets.

Deteriorating weather conditions nixed the feasibility of launching the lifeboat Ger Tigchelaar to rescue the weary animals, so the decision was made to attempt a rescue from the rocky shoreline.

A local surfer who was in the area assisted three RNLI volunteers and members of the public with attaching a heaving line to the fishing gear, which was then hauled onto the treacherous rocks.

The seals were then carefully freed from the netting one at a time by the RNLI crew members Michael Fitzgerald, Liam O’Neill and Austin Gaffney, who said they were delighted that they were "successful in saving both the seals lives”.

Both seals had a short break on the lower rocks of the shoreline before making for open water.

RNLI volunteers kept the public back to ensure the seals had the best chance of surviving their ordeal.

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#watersafety – Thirty-seven rescuers from twenty-two dramatic near-death incidents will receive recognition at Irish Water Safety's National Awards Ceremony at City Hall on Tuesday 19th November 2014, from 3pm to 5pm. Thirty-six lives were saved from drowning through the brave actions of these rescuers.

Mr Fergus O'Dowd TD Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources and Environment, Community & Local Government will present the "SEIKO Just in Time Rescue Award" to these rescuers in appreciation for saving so many lives.

"Tragically an average of 140 drownings occur in Ireland every year," commented Minister O'Dowd, "and although that's 140 too many, the figure would be even higher but for the dramatic efforts of these individuals who saved others from drowning and the ongoing work of volunteers teaching swimming and rescue skills. Last year, the 147 drownings in Ireland were higher than the annual average, reason enough to highlight the work of Irish Water Safety Volunteers and their partners in the public and private sector in educating more people on how best to enjoy our wonderful aquatic facilities more safely. Complacency around aquatic environments is simply not an option", he added."

"The tragic drownings during this summer's warm weather brought home the need for constant vigilance around water. During the hot spell, twelve people drowned in two weeks and in July alone, Lifeguards trained and assessed by Irish Water Safety, rescued 559 people from drowning."

"I appeal to all adults to make themselves more aware of the dangers in, on and around water", continued Minister O'Dowd. "It only takes seconds for tragedy to strike and this can so easily be avoided if people take responsibility for their own safety by learning about the hazards. I ask that people encourage friends and family to read Irish Water Safety's guidelines at www.iws.ie so that they don't become a drowning statistic."

"Drownings often happen quickly and silently with 80% of drownings occurring close to the victim's home. The range of aquatic activities is extremely varied yet what is tragically constant each year is the gender most at risk - males - tragically reflected in the fact that of the 147 drownings last year, 113 were male and 34 female. An alarming 47% of accidental drownings occurred in the 30-59 year age group clearly demonstrating that regardless of age, one is never too old to learn how to stay safe around water."

Long-Service Awards will also be presented, recognising 670 years of personal service of 29 Irish Water Safety volunteers from around the country for teaching swimming, rescue and water survival skills.

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#Rescue - RTÉ News reports that a large group of children in a sailing course were rescued today (Monday 12 August) when their boats were caught in a surprise swell in Sligo Bay.

The 17-strong group of children ages 9 to 12 and their instructors from Sligo Yacht Club were divided between five small sailing dinghies when the sea suddenly turned rough, capsizing two of the boats.

But the instructors acted swiftly in calling for help, with the Sligo Bay RNLI lifeboat arriving on scene quickly to rescue those who had not already made it to shore.

RTÉ News has more on the story HERE.

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#rescue – The CEO of Irish Water Safety, John leech is urging the public to use the Local Authority manned lifeguarded bathing places to ensure there are no more tragedies this summer. Take heed of advice given by the lifeguards and supervise your children, lifeguards are not baby sitters.

Irish Water Safety Lifeguards rescued 559 casualties from our beaches, rivers and lakes during the month of July, that is over 160 more than for the entire bathing season last year.

There were 575 lost children reunited with their parents which is 250 more than for the entire bathing season last year.

There were another 11,421 accidents prevented by the proactive actions of our lifeguards.

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#drownings – Irish Water Safety is appealing to the public to swim at Lifeguarded waterways and to stay within their depth when swimming at any other bathing areas. Drownings often happen quickly and silently with 80% of drownings occurring close to the victim's home.

The range of aquatic activities is extremely varied yet what is tragically constant each year is the gender most at risk - males - tragically reflected in the fact that of the 147 drownings last year, 113 were male and 34 female*.

An alarming 47% of accidental drownings occurred in the 30-59 year age group clearly demonstrating that regardless of age, one is never too old to learn how to stay safe around water.**

August is the most popular month for outdoor swimming which can be enjoyed safely by heeding the following swimming safety tips:

Top Tips for Safe Swimming in August:

Swim at lifeguarded waterways - listed at www.iws.ie.
Swim with others in recognized, traditional, safe bathing areas. Many beaches have warm waters in the high teens to twenties at present and are ideal for swimming however please swim in areas that are known locally to be safe.
Swim within your depth, parallel and close to shore and stay within your depth.
Never use inflatable toys in open water or swim out after anything drifting.
Pay attention to signs on the beach.
Never swim in the dark or late at night.
Avoid staying in the water too long.
Wait a while before swimming if you're hot or tired.
Learn to use equipment before trying it out.
Learn resuscitation skills.

Water-safety advice that will save life:
Drownings will decline if the following rules, however familiar they seem, are never taken for granted:
- Wear a Lifejacket. Find out what device suits your needs athttp://www.iws.ie/guides-page24421.html .
- Avoid unsupervised areas. Whenever possible, swim in an area that has a lifeguard. Irish Water Safety has details of all lifeguarded waterways nationwide listed athttp://www.iws.ie/bathing-areas-page.html .
- Learn swimming and lifesaving. Irish Water Safety has swimming and lifesaving classes for children and adults. Log on to find one near you athttp://www.iws.ie/courses--jobs-page.html#Courses .
- Watch for changing weather. Be prepared to get out of the water and take cover if the skies look threatening.
- Avoid alcohol. Water sports and alcohol don't mix. Tragically, alcohol is a factor in one third of adult deaths from drowning. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination - all essential for swimming and boating and avoiding hazards in the water.
- Watch children constantly. Children are irresistibly attracted to water. Take the time to protect your children from the dangers of water. Teach them in advance at www.aquaattack.ie.

- In Marine Emergencies, call 112 and ask for the coastguard.

* Total Drownings: 147 65 Accidental, 49 Suicide, 33 Undetermined

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