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RNLI/Coast Guard Rescues
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A thread for rescues by the above. Bit like the assault thread, keep them all here.

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Four fishermen on a French-registered trawler were rescued after their vessel got into difficulty on the Irish Sea in the early hours of the morning.
The 120-tonne Bara An Aod suffered engine failure 2.5 miles (4km) east of Wicklow Head and raised the alarm at about 3.15am.

Wicklow RNLI responded in what was described as severe weather conditions with a south-easterly force nine gale, torrential rain and a 10ft-13ft (3m-4m) breaking swell.

The 85ft (26m) boat had been on a delivery run from France to Ireland.

Wicklow RNLI volunteer Tommy Dover said: "It was such a bad night but the experienced crew, confident in the lifeboat's ability to meet the conditions, skilfully responded and were thankful and delighted to be able to assist the four crew members and their vessel safely to shore this morning."

The boat was towed to Wicklow Harbour by 5am.

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Father and child rescued from Howth pier after becoming trapped by waves

A FATHER AND child have been rescued from the east pier in Howth, Co Dublin, after become trapped in an alcove between breaking waves.

The coast guard were alerted at approximately 10am this morning. While not in imminent danger, assistance was required in order to help them to return to land safely.

Irish coast guard units from Howth station, Helicopter Rescue 116, the RNLI lifeboat and gardaí based in Howth were tasked, with the RNLI lifeboat escorting them to the safety of their inshore lifeboat, shielding them from the breaking waves.

The pair were brought back to the lifeboat station, and did not require hospital treatment.
A spokesperson from the Irish coast guard warned of the dangers of walking close to exposed areas like piers and cliffs during stormy conditions.


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Man airlifted from yacht following coast guard rescue

A MAN HAS been airlifted to Waterford Regional Hospital after getting into difficulty when travelling from the UK.
The lone sailor had radioed Mine Head coast guard at 3.30am this morning, requesting assistance. The RNLI lifeboat, based at Ballycotton, Co Cork, was launched at 3.45am, reaching the 6.5 metre vessel at approximately 5.25am this morning.

The man was removed from the yacht, which was approximately 38 miles east south east of Ballycotton.
Having transferred the man to the lifeboat, it was decided to have the casualty airlifted and the Waterford based coast guard helicopter, Rescue 117, was requested to launch.

The transfer took place at 6.50am, approximately 25 miles off Ballycotton, at which point the casualty was air lifted to Waterford airport where an ambulance has been requested for 7.30am.
The man has now been taken to Waterford Regional Hospital.

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I see on Sky News that the UK govt is about to announce that Bristow have won the contract for the UK helicopter rescue. The air force and navy Seakings will be withdrawn and replaced with Bristows who will provide S92s and Augusta's.
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Quote:I see on Sky News that the UK govt is about to announce that Bristow have won the contract for the UK helicopter rescue. The air force and navy Seakings will be withdrawn and replaced with Bristows who will provide S92s and Augusta's.

Apparently its bin in the pipeline a few years now, I was told in poole that the are hoping to have it phased out fully by 2015.
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Yeah had seen the programme about the Seakings but they seem to be making a big deal about it tonight.
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Fenit RNLI and locals work together in bid to save stranded dolphin

Volunteer lifeboat crew with Fenit RNLI and three local families worked together last night (Tuesday 26 March) to save the life of a stranded dolphin in the Kerry town.
The mammal was running out of time after he was washed up into a deserted channel on a remote beach on Fenit Island and was not able to return to the water.

In a rescue operation that involved members of the Egan, Tobin and McCarthy families, three RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew, an inshore lifeboat and a jeep, the dolphin was giving a fighting chance and was safely deposited by the lifeboat crew out in deep water.

The drama began when local woman Breda McCarthy was out walking her dog on Fenit Island when she came upon the stranded dolphin. It was lying in a small channel quite a few metres from the sea. It is believed the dolphin had swam in at high tide a few hours earlier and had got cut off from the sea. Mrs McCarty contacted family members who came down to see if they could return the dolphin to the water. Unfortunately this was not possible as the mammal kept to the shallow waters and would not return to the sea.

With their concern growing the families contacted Ger O’Donnell, Fenit RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager to see if the RNLI could assist them. Ger in turn made contact with Valentia Coast Guard who put him in contact with a dolphin expert. After discussing the situation with the expert it was decided that the best course of action for providing a safe outcome would be to transport the dolphin down to the harbour and then transport it by RNLI lifeboat out to sea to be released.

The dolphin was carefully wrapped up and transported by jeep to the harbour where RNLI lifeboat crew were already waiting in the inshore lifeboat to launch. They took the dolphin onboard the lifeboat and proceeded immediately out to sea. On releasing the dolphin into the water the lifeboat crew watched as the mammal slowly started to swim around the lifeboat in ever increasing circles, gaining confidence as it went. Once they were satisfied the dolphin was able to safely swim away, the lifeboat crew returned to shore.

Commenting on the unusual callout Fenit RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Ger O’Donnell said, “This was not your run of the mill rescue for the lifeboat crew. We were very anxious that we did everything right and gave the poor thing the best chance of survival. I want to thank everyone involved. It was a real community effort, from the local families, the RNLI crew and the Coast Guard, who were able to put us in touch with the expert advice we needed. It was almost as if the dolphin knew we were working to save him and I sincerely hope that he made it and we can count him as another life saved.”

Local woman Mary Tobin, whose son Michael captured some photos of the incident said, “It was great to see everyone working together. I can’t thank them enough, we were so worried the poor creature was not going to make it. When my sister Breda found him it was clear that he was in a bad way and his breathing was very laboured. We knew that with the RNLI on our doorstep that we would have a good shot at a successful outcome.”

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Quote:Update: Swimmer taken from Dublin coastal waters dies in hospital

The man was airlifted to Tallaght Hospital after he was taken from the water in Dublin Bay this morning.

A SWIMMER WHO was taken from the water by rescue workers after being reported missing in Dublin Bay earlier this morning has passed away.
Gardaí confirmed the death for TheJournal.ie this evening.
The Coast Guard was alerted to the incident at approximately 11.00am, after which the the Dún Laoghaire lifeboats (inshore and offshore), the Garda Water Unit, the Dún Laoghaire Coast Guard Unit, and a rescue helicopter based at Dublin Airport were deployed.
The man, believed to be a foreign national, was taken from the water at 12.05pm and taken by helicopter to Tallaght Hospital, where he later died.

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Koda, a pedigree husky, owes her life to Cork RNLI volunteers Nick Searls and Ian Fitzgerald.

Koda was inspecting the coastline around Sandycove, Kinsale, Co Cork, last week when she slipped over a cliff.

The unfortunate dog landed in water with a strong current that swept her over 100m out to sea.

A jagged reef also meant that her owner, Sally Anne Baggy, couldn't get close to help her.

Luckily, the two volunteers were at the scene within minutes.

Nick Searls dived into the heavy seas and swam over 200m to reach Koda.



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He managed to swim slowly back to shore, dragging the dog with him, and was then assisted by safety line out of the sea by Ian Fitzgerald.

Koda was taken to a Kinsale vet and has since made a full recovery.

The relieved owner paid an emotional tribute to the two men. But they insisted they were doing what any RNLI volunteer would do.

"The sea can be treacherous enough and the main thing is that Koda was brought ashore safe and well," Nick said.

"We were just glad that we could get there and help."

The heroic rescue was highlighted as President Michael D Higgins visited Courtmacsherry in Cork to pay tribute to the work of RNLI volunteers.

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Quote:Two elderly sailors rescued after five ‘very difficult days at sea’

They were en route to the Hebrides when heavy seas and winds of up to 150 miles per hour damaged their yacht.

TWO PEOPLE AGED in their late 60s have been rescued off the coast of Cork after an unanswered ‘Mayday’ call left them stranded at sea for a number of days.
Yesterday evening the Castletownbere RNLI liveboat, the Annette Hutton, was called to the assistance of the yacht which a navy vessel had been towing for two days.
The 32’ yacht, was on passage from the Azores to the Hebrides when it was pounded by heavy seas and winds 150 miles per hour southwest of Mizen Head.
The yacht was demasted and a ‘Mayday’ called yielded no results. However they were eventually assisted by a Spanish fishing boat and then by the Irish navy.
Yesterday evening the RNLI lifeboat met with the navy vessel four miles southwest of Ardnakinna lighthouse and transferred the two sailors, aboard the lifeboat.
Their stricken vessel was towed back to Castletownbere, arriving at the pier at 7pm.
Commenting on the call-out, Lifeboat Operations Manager Tony O’Sullivan said “the survivors are very happy to be on dry land after five very difficult days at sea.”
“They are extremely grateful to the navy and the lifeboat crew for bringing them to safety,” he added.

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Three men in their 20s were being treated in hospital last night after they were rescued from the sea when their dinghy capsized off the west Cork coast.

A member of the public noticed the three shouting for help from the sea between Horse Island and Audley Cove in Ballydehob at about 5pm.

Baltimore RNLI launched both its all-weather boat, the Alan Massey and its inshore lifeboat, which was first on the scene

The alarm had been raised by a kayaker and he directed the Inshore Lifeboat towards the casualties between Horse island and Audley Cove.

Three men in hospital after Cork sea rescue

The kayaker had managed to assist one of the men to the shore but one of the other men was near exhaustion and his friend was struggling to keep his head above water.

They were brought aboard the inshore lifeboat and transferred moments later to the Alan Massey which brought them to Schull Harbour where medics were on standby.

The third casualty was collected by the inshore lifeboat and also brought to Schull where the most distressed of the casualties was already receiving medical treatment

The man, who was lightly clad, was suffering from hypothermia and had swallowed a considerable amount of seawater and was treated by HSE South paramedics.

The Irish Coastguard Shannon based helicopter, Rescue 115 landed on playing fields nearby and airlifted all three casualties for treatment to Cork University Hospital.

It is understood that all three men, who didn’t have lifejackets, were attempting to swim ashore after their boat capsized but were struggling in the strong flood tide.

All three,who are from the Skibbereen and Ballydehob areas, were last night still being treated at Cork University Hospital following the successful rescue operation.

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The very best of luck to the crew of Rescue 115 who are taking part in Ireland's longest SAR mission. The are going out 800 miles to pick up a casualty from a cruise liner.

They will fly out to an oil rig to refuel, and then continue on to winch the casualty. From there they will go back to the oil rig for more fuel before coming back to Ireland.

Godspeed.

Also, an Air Corp Casa will be providing top cover throughout the mission.
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#13
Mission on hold, technical fault at the oil rig and engineer been dispatched to the oil rig now. Seems like another heli has to head out there too
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Only after spotting this...
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Shows the need for long range helis in the SAR fleet. Reckon they will task 117 to head via Valentia to refuel and bring the tech out.

Won't be any NAS jobs done today with 2 of the 4 helis taken up
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The next two S92's are routing into Ireland now as we speak, they are just south of Omagh flying southwest.......coming in to be sprayed in ICG paint job before entering service. 19
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The S92 R115 is back in action! Spotted heading northwest towards Doolin/Cliffs of Moher at around 7 this evening and returning just now.
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Seen that news on FB also, very busy day for the Sligo heli today. Great to see 2 more S92's, when are the other 2 coming then? Be a massive upgrade for the staff and the service they provide.
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(08-06-2013, 08:58 PM)Actual Paramedic Wrote: Seen that news on FB also, very busy day for the Sligo heli today. Great to see 2 more S92's, when are the other 2 coming then? Be a massive upgrade for the staff and the service they provide.


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53 incidents for the coastguard over the weekend with Sunday being the busiest on record. The fine weather brings them all out!
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