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Search & Rescue, Water Safety - News from the Marine Safety Agencies
Musician and Doolin Coast Guard volunteer Davy Spillane has settled High Court proceedings pursued against the Minister for Transport and the Irish Coast Guard. The case arose after the death of Spillane’s Doolin Coast Guard colleague and friend Caitriona Lucas…
Corá Gallagher presents the cheque to the RNLI crews from Carrybridge and Enniskillen
The volunteer lifeboat crews of Carrybridge and Enniskillen RNLI were recently delighted to receive a donation of £1,600 raised at a special event that crossed swimming with mindfulness. ‘Wild and Free at the Sea’ was held by Dips N Hips…
John Leech had been CEO of Water Safety Ireland for 21 years
The Chief Executive of Water Safety Ireland, the State organisation headquartered in Galway, has retired. John Leech had been CEO for 21 years. “When I joined the organisation the 10-year annual average of fatal drownings was 185, today it is…
The FV Mirror of Justice
A 75-year old skipper may have become ill or got trapped in his own fishing vessel when finishing a day’s work close to the Donegal coast, according to the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB). The MCIB report into the death…
File image of Aran Islands RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat at night
Aran Islands RNLI’s volunteer crew were requested to launch just after midnight this morning (Wednesday 22 February) for a medevac for a patient on Inis Mór in need of further medical attention. The Severn class lifeboat launched under coxswain John…
Clifden RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat in heavy seas in Clifden Bay on Tuesday 22 February
The volunteer crew of Clifden RNLI were requested to conduct a search operation in response to an EPIRB signal eight miles west of the Connemara town in what was one of their “most challenging” callouts in some time. EPIRB is…
Donaghadee Harbour in County Down
The RNLI is looking for new shop volunteers to join its lifesaving team at Donaghadee RNLI in Co Down — and stations across the island of Ireland. Just like the charity’s lifeboats, the RNLI’s retail team need a dedicated volunteer…
Beaufort Cuppers - Vice Admiral RCYC, Annemarie Fegan with members from the Defence Forces, Fire Service, (RCYC's Admiral 
Kieran O'Connell) Coast Guard and Crosshaven RNLI Helm, James Fegan
The international Inter-Service Regatta, the Beaufort Cup, will be held during Volvo Cork Week, including an overnight race around the Fastnet Rock. The third edition of the Cup organised by the Royal Cork Yacht Club will include a 'wealth of…
Ricardo Arias Garcia being carried into hospital in Galway in October 2000
One of the 21 fishermen feared dead after a Spanish fishing vessel sank off the Newfoundland coast this week was the sole survivor of a dramatic rescue two decades ago off the Irish west coast. Ricardo Arias Garcia was winched…
Two storms have been named
With both Met Éireann and the UK’s Met Office predicting disruptive weather this week due to back-to-back storms, the RNLI has urged the public to be careful at the coast. The charity that saves lives at sea is encouraging people…
The Safer Waters team on the water in Northern Ireland
Safer Waters is a unique service in Northern Ireland, established in 2020 to provide a Safety Boat service for water-based community events. The service is there to support events such as Sailing, Swimming, Paddle Boarding and Windsurfing that have no…
When the Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat arrived at Navigation Mark J, north of Gortmore, it began a thorough search of the area
On Sunday afternoon, 12 February, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to launch to investigate a report from a member of the public that a kayaker was in difficulty by Navigation Mark J, at the northern end of…
Bundoran RNLI crew members Brian Fowley, Paul Gallagher and Chris Fox
Three volunteer lifeboat crew members at Bundoran RNLI will take on the forthcoming Bundoran 10 event by walking the full route in their drysuits, yellow wellies, lifejackets and helmets — all while raising money for the charity. Brian Fowley, Chris…
The lifeboat launched at 10.10 ams to go to the assistance of a crew of five on a First 310 type yacht dismasted three-quarters of a mile east of Bulloch harbour.
In strong and gusty winds, Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI Lifeboat was called out to a dismasted yacht on Dublin Bay this morning.  The lifeboat launched at 10.10 am to go to the assistance of a crew of five on a First…
Edwin Poots MLA and Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (right) afloat in the Lagan Search and Rescue lifeboat
Lagan Search and Rescue (LSR)  on Belfast Lough has announced that following a successful application to the Department of Agriculture Rural Community Rescue Scheme, the charity will be able to replace its ageing fleet of emergency response vehicles, update personal…
Two Youghal RNLI crew members reached out and lifted the dog from the rock and brought it onboard the lifeboat. See vid below.
The volunteer RNLI crew launched their inshore lifeboat at 5.47 pm on Wednesday (2nd February) following a request from the Irish Coast Guard that a dog had fallen from the cliffs edge into the water below. The Pointer who had…

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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