This morning, the Skerries Coast Guard team took part in a routine training exercise with the Coast Guard’s Dublin based Sikorsky S92 search & rescue helicopter. The exercise took place at the Red Island headland, Skerries and the team were also joined by their neighboring Coast Guard team from Clogherhead Coast Guard Unit.
The Coast Guard helicopter landed on shortly after 10am and both teams took part in a number of routine flight and winching exercises.
The exercise concluded at 11:30 and the Coast Guard helicopter departed back to its nearby base at Dublin Airport. The Skerries Coast Guard team extends its thanks to the public at Red Island for their cooperation in following the directions of Coast Guard personnel whilst this exercise took place.
Skerries Coast Guard – a voluntary search and rescue unit of the Irish Coast Guard
This year, eight members of the Skerries Coast Guard team once again joined thousands of others across the country for the annual Pieta House Darkness into Light 5km on Saturday 9th May.
This year, the town of Skerries hosted its first ever Darkness into Light, with the route starting and finishing at Red Island, beside the Skerries Coast Guard station. Starting just after 4am, the 5km route meandered through the village before arriving back along the South Strand for a memorable sunrise over the Skerries Islands.
For more information on the annual Darkness into Light event visit www.dil.pieta.ie. For information on the work of Pieta House and the vital services they provide please visit their website www.pieta.ie
Skerries Coast Guard – a voluntary rescue unit of the Irish Cost Guard
Early this morning the Skerries Coast Guard team were out in force at Red Island, Skerries for a routine training exercise with the Coast Guard’s Dublin based Sikorsky helicopter. The team selected and prepared the landing site, deploying smoke flares to assist the helicopter crew with wind speed/direction assessment. The Sikorsky S92 helicopter, EI-ICR, landed on at Red Island at 09:30, having made the trip from its base at Dublin Airport in approximately 10 minutes.
The Skerries team were also joined by their fellow volunteers from the neighbouring station of Clogherhead Coast Guard. All members took part in a briefing and practical exercise, covering key SAR operational procedures.
The helicopter departed shortly before 12:00, after completing a winching exercise at the Red Island site. The Skerries Coast Guard team would like to thank all the public fo complying with the directions of Coast Guard personnel while this exercise took place.
Photos of this and earlier exercises will be shortly available in our online gallery.
Skerries Coast Guard – a voluntary rescue unit of the Irish Coast Guard.
This morning the Skerries Coast Guard team took part in a training exercise with the Dublin based Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 116. Shortly before 10am, the Skerries Coast Guard team prepared and secured the landing site at the Red Island headland, Skerries. The Skerries team were joined for this exercise by the crew of their neighbouring station of Clogherhead Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard helicopter was landing at Red Island to provide a training briefing to the crew of the local Skerries RNLI.
The landing also provided an opportunity to the local public to see the impressive helicopter up close and find out more about the vital service the crew provides. Once again, the Coast Guard would like to thank the public at the landing site who readily followed the safety advice from the Coast Guard personnel securing the site during the helicopter’s landing and take off.
Skerries Coast Guard, Clogherhead Coast Guard and Skerries RNLI
A selection of photos from this exercise are available on our online gallery.
Skerries Coast Guard – a voluntary local rescue Unit of the Irish Coast Guard.