Maritime

Irish Coast Guard and RNLI urge people to respect the water this Bank Holiday weekend

Thursday 1 June 2017

The Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea, have issued a joint call urging people to be vigilant and take care in and on the water or along the coastline this Bank Holiday weekend. 

With the summer holidays approaching, the Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI want to remind everyone planning a trip to the coast or going out on the water to be mindful and to pay attention to their personal safety.

Search for missing crew of Rescue 116

The Air Accident Investigation Unit and An Garda Síochána in conjunction with Coast Guard have expressed their sincere appreciation to the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) and Marine Institute who were supported by GSI (Geological Survey Office), for the extensive search conducted in the vicinity of Black Rock lighthouse following the tragic  loss of Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 on March 14.

The  search operation conducted by  the Marine Institute's Holland 1 ROV concluded this afternoon when the Granuaile departed Blacksod Bay.

New Waterville Coast Guard station opened by An Taoiseach

Monday 27 March 2017

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD officially opened a new Coast Guard station building at Waterville Co. Kerry. The Building, which was originally taken over by the State from the British Coastguard in 1923, had fallen into disrepair and has now been fully refurbished by the Office of Public Works (OPW) with an investment of €377,000.

Speaking at the event to officially open the refurbished station the Taoiseach said;

Statement by Minister Shane Ross on Coast Guard incident

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D. expressed deep concern at the news this morning that there has been an incident involving a Search and Rescue Helicopter off the west coast of Ireland.

Minister Ross said; “As the search for the Dublin based helicopter R116 is currently underway I would like to express my sincere support and sympathies for all those involved, particularly those family members who are awaiting news of their loved ones.

Russian Crewman airlifted to Hospital by Coast Guard Helicopter – 180 miles North West of Mayo Coast

Wednesday 8 March 2017

The Sligo based Coast Guard helicopter R118 completed an early morning medical evacuation (medevac) of a crewman requiring urgent medical attention from a Russian fishing vessel some 180 miles North West of Erris Head Co. Mayo.

The operation was coordinated by the Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centre in Malin Head. Owing to the distance involved communication support, known as Top Cover, was provided by a second Coast Guard helicopter, the Dublin based R116. Both helicopters refuelled at Blacksod prior to transiting to the scene.

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