This morning, the Skerries Coast Guard team took part in a routine training exercise with the Coast Guard’s Dublin based Sikorsky S92 search & rescue helicopter. The exercise took place at the Red Island headland, Skerries and the team were also joined by their neighboring Coast Guard team from Clogherhead Coast Guard Unit.
The Coast Guard helicopter landed on shortly after 10am and both teams took part in a number of routine flight and winching exercises.
The exercise concluded at 11:30 and the Coast Guard helicopter departed back to its nearby base at Dublin Airport. The Skerries Coast Guard team extends its thanks to the public at Red Island for their cooperation in following the directions of Coast Guard personnel whilst this exercise took place.
Skerries Coast Guard – a voluntary search and rescue unit of the Irish Coast Guard
Skerries Coast Guard were tasked to investigate a report of persons possibly in difficulty near Shenick Island, Skerries. A concerned member of the public ashore had alerted the Coast Guard. The Skerries Coast Guard team arrived on scene and observed a small group of adults making their way ashore, not far from the water’s edge. The team monitored the group until they safely arrived.
Shenick Island can be accessed by foot at Spring low tides. However, anyone planning a visit is reminded to always be aware of the time of the incoming tide and be ready to depart the island promptly. Always let someone ashore know your plans and how to raise the alarm if you do not return.
Skerries Coast Guard – a voluntary coastal search and rescue unit of the Irish Coast Guard.
Remember – if you spot someone in difficulty, call 999 or 112 and ask for the COAST GUARD. Your call could save a life.
This afternoon, the Skerries Coast Guard team were tasked to assist with the removal of a time expired distress flare at North Beach, Skerries. A Member of the public contacted the Coast Guard having found the flare washed in by the tide. The marine flare was in poor condition and Gardai at Balbriggan removed it for later disposal by the Army’s EOD team.
Skerries Coast Guard – a voluntary search and rescue unit of the Irish Coast Guard.
This morning, the Skerries Coast Guard team conducted a large scale, multi Coast Guard Unit search exercise in the area of Rush. This scenario based exercise began shortly after 9am at the South beach, and after an initial briefing all search teams departed to their allocated search areas. Weather conditions in the area were excellent with good visibility reported.
The Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport have recently issued Marine Notice #28 of 2015 advising of forthcoming survey operations off the east coast of Ireland. Commencing on 22nd June 2015 for a period not exceeding 60 days, two survey vessels (MV Bibby Athena & MV Proteus) will survey the route of the East West Interconnector between Rush, Co Dublin and Prestatyn, North Wales.
Survey operations will involve towing survey equipment on and below the water surface, up to 300m behind the vessels. All vessels, particularly those engaged in fishing are requested to give the survey vessels a wide berth and keep a sharp lookout in the relevant areas at all times.
The full text of the Marine Notice, along with survey route details is available from the Department’s website.