This morning, the Skerries Coast Guard team were tasked to investigate reports of a private vessel with 5 persons on board aground north of Malahide. The Howth RNLI ILB was also tasked to attend the scene.
The Skerries team arrived on scene and quickly located the vessel which was hard aground on sand off the coast north of Malahide. With a falling tide, all persons on board were rescued by the Howth ILB and brought safely ashore to the Skerries Coast Guard team. Fortunately all 5 persons were uninjured.
Remember – if you spot someone in difficulty dial 999 or 112 and ask for the COAST GUARD. Your call could save their life.
The Irish Coast Guard’s National Maritime Operations Centre received a report of a yacht aground on the Northern bank of the approach to Malahide Estuary. With a falling spring tide, time was of the essence to refloating the stricken yacht. The Howth Lifeboat was requested to launch to assist the yacht. TheSkerries Coast Guard team were also tasked to the scene.
Fortunately, after another private vessel on scene was able to tow the yacht to safety and no further action was required.
Incident # 20 of 2013
At 16:25 this afternoon the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Operations Centre received a report of a small capsized boat adrift near Malahide, Co Dublin. A vigilent member of the public had spotted the small boat’s hull drifting in the water, not far from the shore at the Broadmeadows estuary.
The Skerries Coast Guard team were immediately dispatched to investigate. Having arrived on scene within minutes, the team quickly located the capsized boat in the water at the North Western part of the estuary, to the West of the Dublin-Belfast railway line. Initial observations concluded that there was no sign of anyone in the water nearby. At the time there were several other persons engaged in watersports at the estuary including windsurfers and kayakers. The prevailing weather conditions on scene were mixed with good visibilityand clear skies, but strong gusting force 6 Southerly winds.
After brief shoreline searches and investigations , the team located the boat’s owner at the Southern shoreline of the estuary, he confirmed it had drifted away from a mooring and that nobody was on board at the time. The owner was making arrangements to have it righted and retrieved. No further action was required and the team returned to base.
Remember – if you spot someone in difficulty or even if you think that someone could be in difficulty, call 999 or 112 and ask for the COAST GUARD. Your call could save their life.
Incident #17 of 2011
Today, several members of Skerries Coast Guard took part in a large scale flood rescue exercise at Malahide. This was organised by the Dublin Civil Defence. Our flank stations of Howth and Drogheda also took part in the training.
The exercise was based on the scenario of a mass evacuation required across the estuary. The Coast Guard teams provided support in the form of rescue boats, shore teams and the Coast Guard helicopter.
More photos are available in our gallery.