Late this evening the Skerries Coast Guard team were tasked to assist with a rescue near Donabate beach, Co Dublin. The Coast Guard’s Maritime Control Centre had received a report that a group of three persons had raised the alarm having become disoriented in the area due to the falling darkness and unusually fast incoming tide.
The Skerries Coast Guard team, with the guidance of the Coast Guard’s Dublin based Sikorsky S92 helicopter (Rescue 116) located the group and assisted them to navigate through the rough terrain and back to safety.
Remember – if you find yourself in difficulty along the coast, do not hesitate to raise the alarm. Dial 999 or 112 and ask for the COAST GUARD.
Skerries Coast Guard – a voluntary rescue unit of the Irish Coast Guard
At 23:00 this evening the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) received several independent public reports of red flares sighted off the Fingal coast. The exact location of the flares was difficult to pinpoint, however it was believed they were fired on the coastline area between Rush and Malahide.
The Skerries Coast Guard team were tasked to investigate and immediately began a comprehensive shoreline search of the area. Several Skerries Coast Guard search teams were deployed and the area (including Loughshinny, Rush, Rogerstown Estuary, Portrane, Donabate and Malahide Estuary) were thoroughly searched. The Howth lifeboat was also tasked to the area and carried out a detailed at sea search with the assistance of a private vessel. Howth CGU were tasked to search south of Malahide.
No further flares were sighted or anything unusual noted. Conditions on scene were very good with clear visibility and only light SW winds. All search teams were stood down in the early hours of the morning and returned to base.
Remember – if you spot someone in difficulty, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the COAST GUARD. Your call could save their life.
Shortly after darkness this evening, the Skerries Coast Guard team were tasked to investigate a report of possible distress flares off the Rush coast, three miles south of Skerries. The Coast Guard’s National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) had received a report from a vigilant member of the public who had sighted two parachute flares deployed off the Rush coast.
The Skerries Coast Guard team arrived on scene within minutes and immediately began to carry out a detailed search of the coastline. The Coast Guard’s helicopter based at Dublin, Rescue 116 was also tasked and carried out an extensive search of the sea area. Nothing further was spotted and with the area thoroughly searched no further action was required.
Remember – if you spot someone in difficulty on the coast, even if you only think they may be in difficulty, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the COAST GUARD. Do not assume someone else has made the call.
Skerries Coast Guard – a voluntary coastal rescue unit of the Irish Coast Guard.
Shortly before 21:00 last night, the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Operations Centre received several reports of two red flares near the coast of Balbriggan, about 4 miles north of Skerries. Concerned members of the public had reported two red flares fired in quick succession.
The Skerries Coast Guard team conducted a shoreline based search of the sea area with nothing to report. The Dublin based Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 116, also carried out an extensive at sea search with its infra-red FLIR camera and searchlight. The Clogherhead and Skerries Lifeboats also searched the area with nothing to report. No further action was required and the teams returned to base.