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

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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.

Marine Notice #3 of 2015 – deployment of data buoys, North Co Dublin

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The Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport has been advised that Techworks Marine Ltd will deploy four moored Marine Data Buoys to gather scientific data on marine mammals. These buoys will be deployed in the Irish Sea at Loughshinny and Portmarnock between 9th and 16th February. One buoy will be deployed off the Loughshinny coast and will remain in place for up to six months.

Each data buoy is 1.2m wide, yellow in colour and has a navigation light as follows; yellow in colour, 5 flashes every 20 seconds. The light has a 5 Nautical Mile range. All vessels are requested to give the data buoys a wide berth.

These buoys are being deployed as part of the Greater Dublin Drainage project being conducted by Irish Water. Further details on this project are available from their website

The full text of the marine notice along with the exact locations of the buoys is available from the Department’s website.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year !

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 many rescues, searches, training and water safety events during 2014. This year has proved to have been one of our busiest in recent years. The Skerries Coast Guard crew will all continue be on call throughout the Christmas period, ready to respond 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.

Red Island, Skerries