Coast Guard conducting long range medevac of injured crewman

The Shannon based Coast Guard helicopter, R115, has today (Friday) evacuated an injured crewman from a Russian vessel, the Armenak Babaev (110metres in length), approximately 150 miles West of Valentia, Co. Kerry. The injured man was airlifted at 17.45hrs and is on route to Cork Airport, ETA shortly before 19.00hrs, for onward transfer to Cork University Hospital for medical attention.

Top Cover communications, which is required for long distance helicopter communications, is being provided by an Air Corps Casa.

Coast Guard end of year statistics


Thursday 31 December 2015

The Coast Guard has seen a record response for 2015, with it being particularly relevant to both the Shannon and Sligo SAR helicopters who both flew over 330 missions each. In total all four helicopter bases completed over 1000 missions for the first time since the helicopter service started in 1991.

The Coast Guard attributes the small rise in the number of incidents to:

1.            Increased tourism during the Summer

Coast Guard Helicopter bringing Christmas cheer to Tory Island

The Sligo based Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 118, is helping to bring Christmas cheer to Tory Island off the Donegal coast. Nine (9) islanders who otherwise would not have got home for Christmas are this afternoon being flown from Donegal Airport in Carrickfinn, to the island. A  backlog of Christmas post and fresh supplies* for the island population were also carried on the flight.

Harbours Bill 2015

Tuesday 8 December 2015


Seanad Second Stage Speech by Minister Paschal Donohoe T.D


I am pleased to introduce to the House the Harbours Bill 2015.

This Bill builds upon the recommendations of National Ports Policy which was published in 2013. The primary purpose of the Bill is to provide the necessary legal basis to allow for the later transfer by Ministerial order of the five designated Ports of Regional Significance to local authority led governance structures.

Coast Guard Helicopter evacuates crewmember from ship 100 miles west of Fastnet

Friday 04 December 2015

The Waterford based Irish Coast Guard Helicopter R117 has successfully completed the medical evacuation of a crewman from a Swedish registered container vessel MV Atlantic Cartier approximately one hundred miles west of the Fastnet Rock.

Valentia Rescue Coordination centre coordinated the operation and communications and top cover support was provided by a second Coast Guard helicopter the Shannon based R115. The operation was conducted in challenging weather conditions with strong gale force weather conditions and heavy seas on scene.


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