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All in a Row for eight hour marathon challenge set to showcase Dublins River Liffey while raising funds for charity

Posted on November 28, 2018 at 9:00 AM

All In A Row 2018 comes to the capital’s River Liffey this Saturday, 1 December, challenging teams rowing 40 skiffs, kayaks, canoes and currachs to exceed a 1,000km target in eight hours.

The organisers are hoping to exceed last year’s target of rowing 1,000km during the event...

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Castletownbere RNLI respond to Mayday to rescue six fishermen from drifting boat

Posted on October 11, 2018 at 5:55 AM

Castletownbere RNLI responded to a Mayday and rescued six fishermen yesterday evening (Wednesday 10 October) after their boat lost power and drifted rapidly towards the shore.

Photo: Castletownebere RNLI

The volunteer crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 7.3...

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Arklow RNLI Rescue 4 People in Separate Callouts

Posted on October 8, 2018 at 1:10 AM

Arklow RNLI launched twice over the weekend (Oct 6&7) following Launch requests from the Irish Coastguard and alerts from members of the public and Gardai.

Arklow All-Weather Lifeboat 'Ger Tigchelaar'. Photo: RNLI/Arklow

The first launch on October 6th at 1.25pm was to a yacht wh...

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Wexford RNLI launch three times over the weekend

Posted on July 16, 2018 at 11:40 AM

Volunteer lifeboat crew at Wexford RNLI were called out three times over the weekend.

Wexford RNLI callout to stranded yacht. Photo: RNLI/Anne Meyler

On Saturday (14 July), the crew were launched at 6:25pm to a motorboat adrift with engine failur...

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Valentia RNLI launches to motor cruiser on fire with three people on board

Posted on July 15, 2018 at 5:45 AM

Valentia RNLI volunteers launched their all-weather lifeboat yesterday afternoon (Saturday 14 July) to assist a 37ft motor cruiser with three people on board, which had caught fire.

Valentia RNLI responds to boat on fire with three people onboard. Photo: RNLI/Valentia

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Baltimore RNLI launched after yacht is propped off the coast of Baltimore

Posted on July 5, 2018 at 4:45 AM

Baltimore RNLI launched at 12.30pm on Wednesday (4 July), after a yacht with two people onboard became propped near Cape Clear Island off Baltimore, West Cork.

File photo of Baltimore All-Weather lifeboat 'Alan Massey'. Photo: RNLI

The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested by the...

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Lough Ree RNLI Volunteers respond to 4 call outs in 3 days

Posted on July 5, 2018 at 3:05 AM

Lough Ree RNLI Inshore Lifeboat crew responded to 4 callouts in 3 days coming to the aid of fifteen people.

File photo of Lough Ree lifeboat. Photo: RNLI

Between 8am on Sunday, 1 July and 2.20pm on Tuesday, 3 July Lough Ree RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Crew came to the aid of fifteen peo...

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Fethard RNLI and community effort sees 6 rescued as inflatable drifts out to sea

Posted on July 4, 2018 at 6:40 AM

Fethard RNLI was involved in the rescue of six people on Monday evening (2 July) after two young girls drifted out to sea on an inflatable lilo.

File photo of Fethard Lifeboat. Photo: RNLI

The volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to launch their D class lifeboat at 8.3...

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Skerries RNLI receive two call outs in 24 hours

Posted on July 4, 2018 at 6:00 AM

Skerries RNLI launched on Tuesday afternoon (03 July) shortly after 1.30pm after a motorboat with two persons on board called Dublin Coast Guard via VHF radio and reported that they were taking on water near Rockabill lighthouse.

Rescue 116 Dropping the salvage pump on colt island. Photo: RNLI/Gerry Canning

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Arklow RNLI rescues three people in separate incidents

Posted on July 2, 2018 at 7:15 PM

Arklow RNLI responded to two consecutive incidents on Saturday afternoon last (30 June).

File photo of Arklow All-Weather lifeboat 'Ger Tigchelaar'. Photo: RNLI/Arklow

Following a pager alert at 3.45pm, Arklow RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat was launched to reports of a lone jet ski adrift near No...

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