Darkness into light 5km, Skerries – 9th May 2015

SCG DIL 2015

This year, eight members of the Skerries Coast Guard team once again joined thousands of others across the country for the annual Pieta House Darkness into Light 5km on Saturday 9th May.

This year, the town of Skerries hosted its first ever Darkness into Light, with the route starting and finishing at Red Island, beside the Skerries Coast Guard station. Starting just after 4am, the 5km route meandered through the village before arriving back along the South Strand for a memorable sunrise over the Skerries Islands.

For more information on the annual Darkness into Light event visit www.dil.pieta.ie. For information on the work of Pieta House and the vital services they provide please visit their website www.pieta.ie

Skerries Coast Guard – a voluntary rescue unit of the Irish Cost Guard

Report of jetskier in difficulty, Skerries harbour – 22nd April 2015

This evening, the Skerries team were tasked to investigate reports of a jetskier in difficulty near Skerries harbour. Several vigilant members of the public had contacted the Coast Guard on 999 having spotted the person in difficulty in the water. The Coast Guard’s National Maritime Operations Centre immediately tasked the Skerries Coast Guard team along with the Skerries ILB. Fortunately, a local boat onscene in the harbour area was able to render immediate assistance and bring the person to safely to shore, no further action was required.

Remember – if you spot someone in difficulty on the coast dial 999 or 112 and ask for the COAST GUARD. Your call could save their life.

St Patrick’s day parade Skerries 2015

The Skerries Coast Guard team took part in the St Patrick’s day parade in Skerries, cheered on by one of the biggest crowds in recent years. The Irish Coast Guard’s Dublin based Sikorsky S92 helicopter also preformed a dramatic flyover of the Strand Street / South Strand Street area just as the parade began at 15:00. The parade departed the South Strand and make its way up Strand Street, past the viewing platform at the Church before finishing up at the Skerries Mills carpark.

The parade was once again organised by the Skerries Chamber of Commerce. All  entrants assembled from 13:30 at the South Strand, with the judging taking place before the parade started off at 15:00. This year saw the Skerries Coast Guard Team awarded the prestigious Judges Prize!

Skerries Coast Guard – a voluntary search and rescue unit of the Irish Coast Guard

Parade 2015

Search and Rescue Exercise at Rush

Rush-photo

This morning the Skerries Coast Guard team conducted a search and rescue exercise at Rush North Beach and harbour area. Weather conditions on scene were favourable despite the strong NW winds. The team carried out several casualty extraction exercises and a small number of white signal flares were deployed during the exercise.

Skerries Coast Guard – a voluntary search and rescue unit of the Irish Coast Guard

False ELT/EPIRB alert

The Skerries Coast Guard team were recently tasked to investigate a false ELT/EPIRB  alert several miles inland from Skerries. The Dublin based Coast Guard helicopter had detected the false alert during a training flight and passed the coordinates to the Skerries Coast Guard team for further investigation.

Skerries harbour – 20th February 2015

Skerries Coast Guard were tasked today to investigate a report of a fishing vessel which had swamped at Skerries harbour. Unfortunately the vessel, which was moored alongside the harbour quay, was swamped by the incoming tide during the night. The Skerries Coast Guard team inspected the harbour area and no pollution was noted. The Coast Guard’s Sikorsky helicopter later performed an aerial observation of the area and nothing further was observed.

Skerries Coast Guard – a voluntary rescue unit of the Irish Coast Guard

Remember – if you spot someone in difficulty along the coast, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the COAST GUARD. Your call could save their life.