Reported debris at Loughshinny – 8th July 2013

This evening the Skerries Coast Guard team were tasked to investigate reports of possible netting debris adrift in the water near Loughshinny. A concerned member of the public had contacted the Coast Guard, fearing the drifting debris may pose a danger to vessels operating in the area.

The Skerries team arrived on scene and with the help from the caller, located the object in the water. The team determined that the nets were not adrift, were well anchored to the shore and were well marked with rope buoys. The nets did not pose a danger to vessels and no further action was required.

Incident # 13 of 2013

Skerries Coast Guards to star in National Geographic Channel documentary

Skerries Coast Guard were recently requested to partake in filming for a documentary “Le monde vu du train” for the French TV channel, Voyage – part of the National Geographic Channel and Fox Group. The team met with Director Olivier Weber and his film crew as they travelled the East coast of Ireland. Filming took place at the Skerries Coast Guard station and also out on patrol with the team at the nearby picturesque fishing village of Loughshinny.

The Skerries Coast Guard team were interviewed about various subjects including the important role of the Irish Coast Guard and its coastal rescue teams, typical incidents the Coast Guard responds to and the dangers posed by the local coastline. Olivier had previously featured the French Coast Guard in earlier documentaries and was keen to include the Irish Coast Guard in this latest one.

For more information on this TV documentary series, visit their website.

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

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

Dye trace and drogue tracking surveys – North Dublin

As part of the Greater Dublin Drainage Project (GDD), Fingal County Council are to undertake Dye trace and Drogue tracking surveys in the Irish Sea off the coast of North Dublin. The Dye and Drogues will be released in the northern and southern outfall study areas. These areas have been identified as potential outfall areas for the GDD project. The northern outfall study area is located to the north of Loughshinny harbour. The southern outfall area is near Portmarnock.

The works commenced the week beginning 23rdJuly and will be carried out over a 2 week period subject to suitable weather conditions. Whilst both Dye and Drogues will be released within the outfall study areas, they will not remain confined to these areas and are likely to be circulated further afield due to tides and currents.

During this time a red fluorescent dye may be visible in the Irish Sea in the general vicinity of the outfall areas. Drogues will be fitted with radar reflectors and flashing beacons to aid avoidance by other navigators and will be recovered following each track. The Coast Guard will be notified in advance of any Dye and Drogue release.

This dye is non pollutant and does not pose any harm to the environment. The public should not be alarmed by its presence.

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

Marine notice #25 of 2012 – deployment of oceanographic moorings in western Irish Sea

The Department of transport, tourism and sport has issued marine notice #25 of 2012 advising of the planned deployment of three oceanographic moorings in the western Irish Sea.

These oceanographic moorings will be collecting data for the Greater Dublin Drainage scheme of Fingal County Council.

From the 22nd May 2012 and for a period of 30 days, three oceanographic moorings will be deployed at various locations along the Fingal coast, approximately from Loughshinny to Portmarnock. The exact coordinates of each mooring is provided in the text of the marine notice, which can be accessed by clicking here.

These moorings will be visible on the surface of the water (picture shown above) and will display a light sequence of 5 yellow flashes every 20 seconds. All vessels are requested to give these moorings a wide berth.