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Search & Rescue, Water Safety - News from the Marine Safety Agencies
Rescue teams recover residents from their homes in flooded Bridgetown, Co Wexford on Christmas Day
Fethard RNLI joined Kilmore Quay’s coastguard unit in a multi-agency operation to rescue local residents trapped in their homes by heavy flooding on Christmas Day, according to RTÉ News. It’s reported that a number of people in the village of…
The scene at Dun Laoghaire Harbour as emergency services deal with a casualty on a yacht on St. Stephen's Day
The Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard team was tasked to assist National Ambulance Service (NAS) with a casualty on a yacht at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on St Stephen's Day. The RNLI Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and Dublin Fire Brigade also attended. The…
The short service at the end of the East Pier commemorated all lives lost around our coasts and on inland waters in 2021
The annual Dun Laoghaire RNLI Christmas Eve ceremony was held this afternoon to honour the memory of 15 lifeboat volunteers who died on service 126 years ago. This year’s ceremony also marked the 200th anniversary of the death of four…
File image of Wexford RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Volunteering for the RNLI is truly a family affair for lifeboat crews in Co Wexford. While Robbie Connolly is looking forward to his first Christmas on call since becoming a helm at Wexford RNLI earlier this year, his father-in-law Eugene…
From left: Simon Kidney, Matthew Nelson, Brian Sammon, John Sammon and Simon Carson are five of Carrybridge RNLI’s latest recruits
A father and son from Bellanaleck are among eight new lifeboat crew members who will carry pagers for the first time this Christmas at Carrybridge and Enniskillen RNLI in Northern Ireland. As the RNLI continues its Christmas Appeal, Brian and…
Brother and sister Dominic and Cornelia Lyne with their father Nealie, all three volunteers with Valentia RNLI
A brother and sister who volunteer to save lives at sea with Valentia RNLI have called on the public to support the charity’s Christmas Appeal. Dominic and Cornelia Lyne will be on call, along with their colleagues at the Kerry…
Ania Skrzypczynska and Richard Nolan are two of the five new crew heading into their first Christmas on call with Lough Derg RNLI
A busy mother of one is among five new volunteer crew members who will be on call for the first time this Christmas at Lough Derg RNLI. Polish native Ania Skrzypczynska is preparing to swap traditional festivities for the cold…
Mark Boyle holding his grandfather’s RNLI Gold Medal for Gallantry
The grandson of a distinguished Donegal coxswain, who was awarded the RNLI’s Gold Medal for Gallantry for his role in the rescue of 18 crew on a Dutch steamer in 1940, has returned home from Boston to become the third…
An RNLI lifeboat on exercise
The Coast Guard and RNLI are appealing to the public to exercise caution when participating in any activity on or near the water during the Christmas and New Year period, and to be mindful of the restrictions in place to…
From left: Rachel Wirtz, Yvette Carter, Reece Cawley, Caroline Collery and Noah Canham with Sligo Bay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
A busy mother of two young children is among five new volunteers who will be carrying pagers and on call for the first time this Christmas at Sligo Bay RNLI. As the charity continues its Christmas Appeal, Rachel Wirtz is…
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…

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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