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Wicklow RNLI launch to search for overdue kayakers

Posted on August 29, 2017 at 1:05 AM

Wicklow all weather lifeboat launched at 8.37pm on Monday evening (28 August) to search for an overdue kayak with two people.

Wicklow All-Weather Lifeboat. Photo: RNLI/Wicklow

The Kayakers were reported overdue to the Coast Gu...

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Three launches in three days for Larne RNLI

Posted on August 28, 2017 at 8:30 AM

It’s been a busy time for volunteer crew at Larne RNLI with three launches in three days.

Larne RNLI launch to motor boat with engine difficulties 23 August. Photo: RNLI/Larne RNLI

On Tuesday 22 August at 1.45pm Larne All-weather lifeboat and ins...

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Lough Derg RNLI launch to assist 6 people on a cruiser aground behind the Corakeen Islands

Posted on August 22, 2017 at 2:30 PM

At 3.30pm, Monday August 21, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to assist 6 people after their 30ft motorboat ran aground behind the Corakeen Islands near Dromineer Bay.

Photo: RNLI/Lough Derg

The lifeboat launched with helm Eleanor Hooker, Ger...

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Wicklow RNLI carry out medivac of injured sailor

Posted on August 21, 2017 at 7:15 PM

Wicklow inshore lifeboat was launched at 3.40pm on Sunday afternoon (20 August) to assist Wicklow Ambulance Service with the medical evacuation of an injured sailor.

Wicklow inshore lifeboat crew bring the casualty ashore. Photo: RNLI/Tommy Dover


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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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