This evening, the Skerries Coast Guard team were tasked to investigate a report of persons in difficulty on the shoreline at Portrane. A concerned member of the public at Portrane had contacted to Coast Guard to report that there may be someone in difficulty on the coast.
The Skerries CG team arrived at the scene in Portrane and quickly located the person near the water’s edge. The person did not require immediate assistance however the team advised of the risks posed by the storm conditions and advised to move to a safer location.
No further action was required and the Skerries Coast Guard team departed the scene at Portrane and returned to base.
Remember – if you spot someone in difficulty, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the COAST GUARD. Your call may save their life.
Shortly after 19:00 the Skerries Coast Guard team were tasked to assist Gardai at Portrane beach. Swords Gardai had received public reports of an adult male possibly requiring assistance in the area of Portrane beach.
A thorough search of the area was carried out with nothing unusual found. The Dublin based Coast Guard helicopter, R116, also carried out an infra-red search of the area.
No further public sightings were reported and all search teams were stood down.
Incident # 4 of 2013
At 20:10 this evening, the Skerries Coast Guard team were just commencing a training exercise on Rush South beach when they spotted a lone red parachute flare deployed nearby in the area of Portrane/Rogerstown estuary. The Skerries team immediately notified the Coast Guard’s Maritime Operations Centre of the distress signal and headed straight to the area, beginning their search within seconds.
The Coast Guard issued a radio Pan Pan alert to all vessels in the area and several vigilent members of the public also contacted the Coast Guard on 999 to report the flare. The Dublin based Coast Guard helicopter was also tasked to conduct a search of the Donabate/Portrane/Rogerstown area.
A thorough search of the area was conducted, involving Skerries Coast Guard, a Coast Guard helicopter (Rescue 116) and several public vessels but nothing unusual was found. With the incident successfully concluded the Skerries team resumed their training exercise.
Incident #6 of 2012
Remember – if you spot someone in difficulty or even if you think that someone could be in difficulty, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the COAST GUARD. Your call could save their life.
At 13:55 this afternoon, the Coast Guard’s maritime coordination centre received a call from a member of public reporting a person in difficulty on cliffs near Portrane. The caller reported that a person had been climbing on the cliffs near Tower Bay, Portrane and was now unable to return to safety and required assistance.
The Skerries Coast Guard team assembled at their station and departed to the scene. However, within 10 minutes of the tasking the team were stood down. Further details were reported to the Coast Guard, indicating that the person was no longer in difficulty.
Remember – if you spot someone in difficulty on the cliffs or coast, even if you only think someone may be in difficulty, call 999 or 112 and ask for the COAST GUARD. Your call could save their life.
Incident #9 of 2011