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.
The crew of Skerries Coast Guard would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. A sincere thank you to all those who have supported our rescues, searches, training and water safety events during 2013. This year has proved to have been one of our busiest in recent years. The Skerries Coast Guard crew will continue be on call throughout the Christmas period should any incidents arise.
We would appeal to the public to remain vigilant and if you spot someone in difficulty dial 999 or 112 and ask for the COAST GUARD. Your call could save their life.
This evening, the Skerries Coast Guard team were tasked to investigate reports of a yacht aground near Donabate beach. Several concerned members of the public had notified the Coast Guard’s Maritime Coordination Centre to report that the yacht, with one person on board, may require assistance. The yacht had been attempting to enter the narrow channel of the Malahide Estuary, however the unusually low water levels from the falling Spring tide resulted in the yacht running aground near the channel entrance.
The Skerries Coast Guard team arrived at the scene and quickly established that there was no imminent danger to the yacht or crew on board. The crew’s intention was to wait for the yacht to refloat later that evening with the change of the tide and continue on their way. No further action was required and the Skerries team were stood down.
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.