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Arranmore RNLI lifeboat crew on fourteen and half hour rescue mission

Posted on August 19, 2017 at 4:00 AM

Arranmore RNLI lifeboat crew responded to their third call out in a week today (Friday 18 August) to assist a 24 metre, 245 tonne fishing boat with five people on board which got into difficulty after experiencing engine failure.


Arranmore RNLI on 14 hour callout. Photo: RNLI/Arranmore


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Arklow RNLI assist two people onboard sailing vessel with engine difficulty

Posted on August 17, 2017 at 4:50 PM


Arklow RNLI’s volunteers launched this afternoon following a pager alert at 1.43pm (17 August) to a call for help from a sailing vessel with two people onboard which had developed engine trouble.


Photo: RNLI/Brendan Dillon


In moder...

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Baltimore RNLI assists two sailors after yacht loses power off Mizen Head

Posted on August 15, 2017 at 6:45 AM


Baltimore RNLI assisted two sailors on Monday evening (14 August) after their yacht lost power off Mizen Head off the coast of West Cork.


Baltimore RNLI inshore lifeboat. Photo: RNLI/Kate Callanan


The alarm had been r...

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Union Hall RNLI assists two people to safety after boat gets into difficulty

Posted on August 14, 2017 at 2:30 PM


Union Hall RNLI came to the aid of two people when their 28ft boat got into difficulty this afternoon (Monday 14 August) at Scullane point west of Castlehaven harbour.


Paddy Moloney's first callout. Photo: RNLI/Pamela Deasy


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Lough Ree RNLI rescues two people in late night search

Posted on August 14, 2017 at 2:00 PM


Lough Ree RNLI rescued two people from a grounded 40ft steel cruiser in Carrownure Bay on the Roscommon shore during a three hour search operation in the early hours of this morning.


Photo: RNLI


The Irish Coast Guard alerted the volunteer li...

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Courtown RNLI keep teenager with suspected spinal injuries afloat for 40 minutes

Posted on August 14, 2017 at 10:10 AM


Volunteers from Courtown RNLI in County Wexford kept a teenage girl with suspected spinal injuries afloat in the sea for 40 minutes after she fell off an inflatable donut.


Photo: RNLI


The rescue which took place on Friday afternoon last (11 August) unfolded when a member of the public raised the...

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Valentia RNLI assist 3 people onboard a fishing vessel with mechanical failure

Posted on August 14, 2017 at 1:10 AM


Valentia RNLI volunteers launched their all-weather lifeboat (Saturday 12 August) to assist three people onboard a fishing vessel with mechanical failure.


Valentia RNLI all weather lifeboat. Photo: RNLI/Valentia


At 9....

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Three RNLI Lifeboats & Coast Guard Helicopter Respond to Report of Overdue Kayakers

Posted on August 13, 2017 at 10:20 AM


Arklow Lifeboat launched following a Pager Alert at 12.03 on Sunday afternoon (August 13).


Arklow RNLI locate both kayakers. Photo: RNLI/Brendan Dillon


The Coast Guard had been alerted by friends of 2 Kayakers, who it was reported were overdue back at Ennereilly Strand, N...

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Arklow RNLI Launch to Assist in Multi Agency Rescue near Courtown Harbour

Posted on August 12, 2017 at 9:35 AM


Following a pager alert by the Irish Coast Guard at 5.13pm on Friday evening Arklow Lifeboat was launched to assist flank station Courtown RNLI & Waterford based Rescue 117 Helicopter in an ongoing rescue.


Photo: RNLI/Brendan Dillon


Arklow Lifeboat proceeded to the scene approx...

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Union Hall RNLI rescues five teenagers at the entrance to Glandore harbour

Posted on August 12, 2017 at 2:00 AM


Union Hall RNLI were tasked on Friday evening (11 August) by Valentia Coast Guard at 6.00pm to a 16ft pleasure craft with five teenagers aboard with engine failure.



Union Hall rescues five teenagers off the coast of Glandore harbour. Photo: RNLI/Pamela Deasy


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