St Patrick’s Day Parade, Skerries 2016

The Skerries Coast Guard team will once again be taking part in the annual St Patrick’s day parade in Skerries, The parade is organised by the Skerries Chamber of Commerce with countless local volunteers assisting with stewarding. All parade entrants and floats will assemble from 1:30pm at the South Strand, where the judging will take place before the parade starts at 3pm.

The Irish Coast Guard’s Dublin based Sikorsky S92 helicopter is also expected to perform a dramatic flyover of the Strand Street / South Strand Street area just as the parade begins at 3pm. The parade will depart the South Strand assembly area and will make its way past the Monument and travel up Strand Street, past the viewing platform at St Patrick’s Church before finishing up at the Skerries Mills carpark. This is always an extremely popular parade and there are plenty of excellent viewing spots for the crowds along the route.

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

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Report of car in water – 17 September 2015

This afternoon, the Skerries Coast Guard team were tasked to investigate a public report of a car in the water at Gormanston beach, Co Meath. The Coast Guard’s Sikorsky S92 helicopter based at Dublin Airport, Rescue 116, also responded along with Skerries Gormonston beachLifeboat and local Gardai.

On arrival, the vehicle was already flooded by the high tide. All agencies worked together to quickly establish that there were no occupants in the vehicle. A search was carried out of the area with nothing further to report.

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

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

Sky Lanterns – safety advice

Skerries Coast Guard’s Safety Advice for Sky Lanterns

These airborne Chinese lanterns have become increasingly popular in recent years as a way of marking special events. However, they do pose a significant danger Skerries Coast Guardto aviation traffic and can cause the deployment of Irish Coast Guard resources on false rescue missions. Chinese lanterns, drifting across a night sky, are commonly mistaken by the public for marine distress flares. Each year, the Skerries Coast Guard team are tasked to investigate false distress alerts caused by Sky Lanterns.

If you are intending to release sky lanterns:

You must, before the release date, obtain permission in writing from the Flight Operations Dept of the Irish Aviation Authority.  You can contact them at fod@iaa.ie or by phone at 01 603 1148

Just before releasing the lanterns:

To ensure your lanterns are not confused as a sighting of a distress signal, you must contact the following agencies just prior to releasing the lanterns:

  • Irish Coast Guard
  • Nearest Air Traffic Control unit
  • Nearest Garda station

The detailed advice and all contact phone numbers are contained in the IAA’s Sky Lantern safety leaflet, available from their website or by clicking here.

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

Training with Coast Guard helicopter – Red Island, Skerries

This morning, the Skerries Coast Guard team took part in a routine training exercise with the Skerries & Clogherhead Coast Guard vehiclesCoast 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 Skerries Coast Guard - heli trainingand 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

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Skerries Coast Guard & Rockabill