Report of drifting object – 18th August 2012

Shortly after 11:00 this morning the Skerries Coast Guard team were tasked to investigate a report of a possible upturned boat adrift North of Balbriggan. A member of the public had spotted the object adrift near Gormonston and contacted the Coast Guard on 999.

The Skerries Coast Guard team were on scene at Gormonston within minutes and quickly located the object. After observing for a short while, the team concluded the object was not a boat and no further action was required.

Incident # 10 of 2012

Skerries Coast Guard – a voluntary rescue unit of the Irish Coast Guard.

Marine Notice #43 of 2012 – Live air to ground firing practices at Gormonston

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has recently issued Marine Notice #43 of 2012 advising of live air to ground firing practices at Gormonston, Co Meath.

The Aer Corps’ “Flying Training School”, will conduct live air to surface firing practices on the following dates;

14th August to 18th August 2012 Inclusive.
20th August to 25th August 2012 Inclusive.
27th August to 31st August 2012 Inclusive.
Time: 08:00 to 17:00 Hours daily

The danger area comprises the lands of Gormanston Aerodrome and the Air and Sea areas contained within a radius of 3 nautical miles centred on Gormanston Aerodrome with an additional area contained within a segment centred on Gormanston Aerodrome and bearing of 015º degrees true, through Mosney Railway Station and 106º degrees true, through Gormanston Railway Station seawards for a distance of 10 nautical miles. For the periods whilst the Range is active the sea zone within the danger area is excluded to all vessels.
Surface area to be engaged will be the beach area inside the D1 area at Gormanston. A Naval Service patrol vessel will enforce the exclusion zone. The exclusion zone ‘D1’ is indicated on British Admiralty Chart No. 44.

All vessels are advised that they are required to remain outside of the exclusion zone whilst the Range is active.All vessels in the area are recommended to carefully monitor the Radio Navigation Warnings that will be broadcast during the firing period.

A copy of the full marine notice is available from the Department’s website

Report of red distress flares near Balbriggan – 22nd October 2011

At 19:03 this evening, the Skerries Coast Guard team were tasked to investigate reports of multiple red parachute distress flares deployed North of Balbriggan. Concerned members of the public had contacted the Irish Coast Guard’s control centre to report sighting the orange/red parachute flares.

The Skerries team were immediately despatched to the scene and observed a number of flares in the area North of Balbriggan, near the Gormonston army training camp. It emerged that the army were engaged in exercises in the area and these involved the deployment of illuminating flares. No further action was required and the team returned to base.

Remember – if you spot someone in difficulty or even if you only think that someone could be in difficulty, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the COAST GUARD. Your call could save their life.

Incident # 24 of 2011

Skerries Coast Guard – a voluntary rescue unit of the Irish Coast Guard