This morning the Skerries Coast Guard team took part in a training exercise with the Dublin based Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 116. Shortly before 10am, the Skerries Coast Guard team prepared and secured the landing site at the Red Island headland, Skerries. The Skerries team were joined for this exercise by the crew of their neighbouring station of Clogherhead Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard helicopter was landing at Red Island to provide a training briefing to the crew of the local Skerries RNLI.
The landing also provided an opportunity to the local public to see the impressive helicopter up close and find out more about the vital service the crew provides. Once again, the Coast Guard would like to thank the public at the landing site who readily followed the safety advice from the Coast Guard personnel securing the site during the helicopter’s landing and take off.
At 3pm this afternoon the Skerries Coast Guard team lined out at the South Strand, Skerries for the local St Patrick’s Day parade. Several members of the Skerries Coast Guard team marched the parade route, joined by the Unit’s emergency response vehicle.
This year saw one of the biggest crowds attending the parade, cheering on all the entries. Thankfully the there was no rain during the parade, despite the dark clouds lingering overhead.
Skerries Coast Guard – a voluntary rescue unit of the Irish Coast Guard.
The Skerries Coast Guard team took part in a scheduled training exercise this morning with the newly launched Dublin based Coast Guard helicopter, EI-ICR. The team were also joined by the neighbouring station of Clogherhead Coast Guard for this first landing of the new Sikorsky S92 at Skerries.
The teams selected and prepared the landing site, this also included the deployment of orange smoke flares. The helicopter departed its base at Dublin airport and within minutes was on scene at the Red Island headland, Skerries shortly after 10am.
Once shutdown was complete, the teams received a comprehensive operational briefing on the new Coast Guard helicopter. All Coast Guard stations around the coast would work closely with the Coast Guard helicopter on rescues and it is therefore essential to take part in regular joint training with the crews.
To celebrate the launch of the www.safetyonthewater.iewebsite raising awareness about water related incidents and being safe on the water FM104 and the Irish Coast Guard have teamed up to give you the chance to name the Coast Guard’s brand new Dublin based Sikorsky S92 helicopter (Rescue 116) as well as win a flight over the Dublin area for you and your friends in the helicopter itself!
Further entry details as well as terms and conditions for this fantastic competition are available from the FM104 website. Please note this competition is open for a limited time only.
Shortly after darkness this evening, the Skerries Coast Guard team were tasked to investigate a report of possible distress flares off the Rush coast, three miles south of Skerries. The Coast Guard’s National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) had received a report from a vigilant member of the public who had sighted two parachute flares deployed off the Rush coast.
The Skerries Coast Guard team arrived on scene within minutes and immediately began to carry out a detailed search of the coastline. The Coast Guard’s helicopter based at Dublin, Rescue 116 was also tasked and carried out an extensive search of the sea area. Nothing further was spotted and with the area thoroughly searched no further action was required.
Remember – if you spot someone in difficulty on the coast, even if you only think they may be in difficulty, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the COAST GUARD. Do not assume someone else has made the call.
Skerries Coast Guard – a voluntary coastal rescue unit of the Irish Coast Guard.
This evening, the Skerries Coast Guard team were tasked to investigate a report of persons in difficulty on the shoreline at Portrane. A concerned member of the public at Portrane had contacted to Coast Guard to report that there may be someone in difficulty on the coast.
The Skerries CG team arrived at the scene in Portrane and quickly located the person near the water’s edge. The person did not require immediate assistance however the team advised of the risks posed by the storm conditions and advised to move to a safer location.
No further action was required and the Skerries Coast Guard team departed the scene at Portrane and returned to base.
Remember – if you spot someone in difficulty, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the COAST GUARD. Your call may save their life.