Report of boat in difficulty near Balbriggan – 2nd July 2012

At 17:55 this evening the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) received a report of a possible boat in difficulty. A vigilant and concerned member of the public had spotted the large boat off the Balbriggan coast pumping unusually large volumes of water from its bilges.

The Skerries Coast Guard Team were tasked to investigate if the boat
required further assistance. The team arrived on scene within minutes and immediately located the boat. After observation the team concluded the boat did not require further assistance and was beginning to get underway.

Incident #7 of 2012

Remember – if you spot someone in difficulty on or near the coast, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the COAST GUARD. Your call could save their life.

Search for missing fishermen – 1st April 2011

At 18:30 on Friday 1st April 2011 the Skerries Coast Guard team were tasked by the Coast Guard’s maritime coordination centre to investigate reports of an overdue fishing vessel with two persons on board. The Coast Guard’s rescue helicopter, R116, was immediately scrambled from its base at Dublin airport. The initial at sea search was concentrated near the islands off Skerries and also involved several lifeboats and local vessels. The Skerries Coast Guard team conducted a shoreline search for several miles along the Skerries coast, and this continued into the early hours of the following morning.

This incident is ongoing and the Skerries Coast Guard team, together with Coast Guard teams from Howth, Clogherhead, Drogheda and Greenore are conducting regular and extensive shoreline searches along the coast from Rush, Co Dublin extending northwards to Greenore, near Carlingford Lough. Throughout this area, large numbers of the local public are also assisting with the search. To date, several other organisations have also been involved in the search effort including  the Civil Defence, RNLI, Garda dive unit, Navy dive unit, Aer Corps and numerous local vessels.

At 02:00 on the morning of Saturday 9th April, the bodies of these two fishermen were recovered by a fishing vessel SE of Clogherhead. The Coast Guard extends its sympathies to the families and friends of the men. Throughout the incident, the public have shown unrelenting support and dedication in assisting with the search effort and the Coast Guard would like to sincerely thank them for this.

Incident #5 of 2011


Unusual object – 26th April 2009

At 09:50 this morning the volunteers of Skerries Coast Guard were tasked to investigate reports of unusual floating objects. A concerned member of the public had reported sighting the two unusual objects floating near the shore in the area of Donabate beach.

Skerries Coast Guard were on scene within minutes and having spoken to the caller, conducted a shoreline search. Skerries Coast Guard monitored the two objects and determined that no further action was required.

Remember, If you see someone in difficulty in the water (sea, river or lake) or on the cliffs, or even if you think you see someone in difficulty, diall 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard – do not assume someone else has made the call.

Incident #5 of 2009


Callout – 19th September 2008

Skerries Coast Guard volunteers were tasked at 17:50 today by MRCC to investigate reports of a ship on fire near Skerries harbour. Several concerned members of the public had contact the Coast Guard on 999 to report that the ship may be in need of assistance.

Skerries Coast Guard volunteers were at the harbour within minutes and monitored the ship on its approach to the pier. As it came alongside, volunteers spoke to the crew and established that no further assistance was required.

Incident # 19 of 2008