This morning the Skerries Coast Guard team conducted a Search & Rescue (SAR) training exercise at Donabate & Portrane shorelines. A number of scenario based exercise were undertaken over the varied terrain; from the long sandy Donabate beach, marshland of Malahide estuary and rocky shores of Portrane.
Skerries Coast Guard – a voluntary search and rescue unit of the Irish Coast Guard
The Skerries Coast Guard team will once again be taking part in the annual St Patrick’s day parade in Skerries, The parade is organised by the Skerries Chamber of Commerce with countless local volunteers assisting on the day. All parade entrants and floats will assemble from 1:30pm at the South Strand, where the judging will take place before the parade starts at 3pm.
The parade will depart the South Strand assembly area at 3pm and will make its way past the Hamilton Monument and travel up Strand Street, past the viewing platform at St Patrick’s Church before finishing up at the Skerries Mills visitor centre complex. This is always an extremely popular parade and there are plenty of excellent viewing spots for the crowds along the route.
The Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport have recently issued Marine Notice #3 Helicopter SAR Hi-Line technique. The Marine Notice contains the latest guidelines for the safe operation of a hi-line. The hi-line is a technique that may be used by the helicopter crew for the safe transfer of persons or equipment between the helicopter and a vessel in difficulty.
All seafarers are recommended to read the Marine Notice #3 of 2017 and familarise themselves with the safe operation of the hi-line.
A copy of the Marine Notice #3 2017 is available from the dttas.ie website
The Skerries Coast Guard team conducted a search training exercise in the area of Rush today. The clear skies resulted in a cold start to the morning with frost underfoot on exposed grasslands. A number of search teams were deployed as part of an initial search response for a missing person scenario. The exercise progressed well and was successfully completed.