This morning, the Skerries Coast Guard Unit were tasked to investigate reports of a possible liferaft adrift near the shoreline north of Balbriggan. A vessel off the shore had spotted the unusual object and notified the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Operations Centre by vhf radio.
A member of the Skerries Coast Guard team proceeded to the area and inspected the object, which turned out to be a large marker raft. From a distance it would bear some resemblance to a liferaft. The object was secure and not adrift and no further action was required.
Incident # 26 of 2013
Remember – if you spot someone in difficulty along the coast dial 999 or 112 and ask for the COAST GUARD. Your call could save a life.
Shortly before 21:00 last night, the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Operations Centre received several reports of two red flares near the coast of Balbriggan, about 4 miles north of Skerries. Concerned members of the public had reported two red flares fired in quick succession.
The Skerries Coast Guard team conducted a shoreline based search of the sea area with nothing to report. The Dublin based Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 116, also carried out an extensive at sea search with its infra-red FLIR camera and searchlight. The Clogherhead and Skerries Lifeboats also searched the area with nothing to report. No further action was required and the teams returned to base.
This evening, members of the Skerries Coast Guard team accepted an invitation from their neighbouring station of Clogherhead Coast Guard to attend a joint training exercise at Clogherhead.
During this exercise, the Clogherhead CG team were tasked to assist with a casualty injured on a headland near the station. Members of the Skerries Coast Guard team assisted Clogherhead CG with the successful extraction and treatment of the casualty.
Incident # 17 of 2013
Meanwhile, shortly before 22:00 the remaining Skerries Coast Guard team back at the Skerries CG base were paged to investigate reports of red flares sighted North of Balbriggan. The team conducted a coastline search of the area with nothing to report. Both the Skerries and Clogherhead lifeboats were also tasked to investigate the flare reports. No further action was required and the team returned to base.
This afternoon, the Skerries Coast Guard team were paged by the Coast Guard’s operations centre to investigate a report of possible human remains washed ashore near Balbriggan. Thankfully, the team were stood down only moments later as it transpired the object washed ashore was a seal carcass.
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