Arklow RNLI mechanic Michael Fitzgerald retires after 40 years of dedicated service to saving lives at sea
The key water safety messages are:
Protect your family – we must all take great care on the water this summer and look out for our family and our community
Do not use inflatables
In an emergency dial 112 or 999 and ask for Coast Guard
RNLI water safety advice can be found at www.rnli.org/safety
RNLI Launch a Memory
RNLI and Irish Coast Guard issue safety advice for coastal visitors
Lough Swilly, Portrush and Arranmore RNLI rescue five fishermen in storm
Lough Swilly, Portrush and Arranmore RNLI volunteers spent almost 15 hours at sea in storm force conditions at the weekend to rescue five fishermen who got into difficulty off Fanad Head. The five men who had been fishing for crab got into difficulty 20 miles north of Fanad Head. The boat lost power and encountered steering difficulties while violent waves smashed the wheelhouse windows in.
Kilrush RNLI respond to report of child being swept out to sea
Arklow RNLI rescue three persons from sunken canoe
Respect The Water
Respect the Water is the RNLI’s national drowning prevention campaign.
Around 190 people die each year around the UK and Irish coasts - and the RNLI is working to change this. The RNLI has a goal to halve the number of coastal drownings by 2024 and Respect the Water is playing a key role in this.
Respect The Water & know what to do
Safety on the Water
Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton TD launched the newly updated Safety on the Water website on Friday, July 31st 2020.
The Safety on the water initiative was set up by the Marine Safety Working Group. The aim of the group is to promote water safety. This is a collaboration between the Coast Guard, RNLI, Water Safety Ireland, Irish Sailing and BIM.
These organisations advise caution to those engaged in recreational activities in or near water.
For more information visit www.safetyonthewater.ie
Community Rescue Boats
There are a number of independent lifeboat services located in Ireland.
These services operate independently from the RNLI. Most operate with support from their local community and the Irish Coast Guard.
RNLI Lifeboat Fleet
The RNLI currently operate from 46 stations in the Republic and Northern Ireland.
Different classes of lifeboat are needed for various locations. So RNLI lifeboats are divided into two categories: all-weather and inshore.
In an emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard