The Skerries Coast Guard team will once again be taking part in the annual St Patrick’s day parade in Skerries, The parade is organised by the Skerries Chamber of Commerce with countless local volunteers assisting on the day. All parade entrants and floats will assemble from 1:30pm at the South Strand, where the judging will take place before the parade starts at 3pm.
The parade will depart the South Strand assembly area at 3pm and will make its way past the Hamilton Monument and travel up Strand Street, past the viewing platform at St Patrick’s Church before finishing up at the Skerries Mills visitor centre complex. This is always an extremely popular parade and there are plenty of excellent viewing spots for the crowds along the route.
This morning the Skerries Coast Guard team took part in a search and rescue training exercise at the South Beach in Rush, Co Dublin. This was a scenario based search exercise for a missing person and concluded with a casualty extraction exercise from the sand dunes. Weather conditions on scene were excellent with good visibility.
Remember – if you spot someone in difficulty dial 112 or 999 and ask for the COAST GUARD. Your call could save their life.
This morning, the Skerries Coast Guard team hosted a visit from the Irish Coast Guard’s Sikorsky S92 helicopter. The Coast Guard helicopter landed on at Skerries Harps GAA pitch for special visit for the pupils of Scoil Realt na Mara primary school, Skerries. The Coast Guard’s helicopter landed on at the Skerries Harps GAA pitch at 09:30, with orange smoke flares deployed shortly beforehand to assist with wind speed/direction indication.
Over 300 excited primary school pupils took part in the visit; learning about the vital work of the Coast
Guard helicopter crews, their local Skerries Coast Guard team and also the importance of water safety. The helicopter departed on schedule shortly after 11:00am, bringing to a close a thoroughly enjoyable event for all involved. Further photos of this visit will shortly be available in our online gallery.
Skerries Coast Guard extends its thanks to the Skerries Harps GAA club for allowing the use of their pitch to facilitate this helicopter visit.
This afternoon, the Skerries Coast Guard team were tasked to investigate a public report of a car in the water at Gormanston beach, Co Meath. The Coast Guard’s Sikorsky S92 helicopter based at Dublin Airport, Rescue 116, also responded along with Skerries Lifeboat and local Gardai.
On arrival, the vehicle was already flooded by the high tide. All agencies worked together to quickly establish that there were no occupants in the vehicle. A search was carried out of the area with nothing further to report.
Skerries Coast Guard – a voluntary search and 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.