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Last Updated: 11/05/21

Waterford City River Rescue CRBI respond to an incident involving a person in distress

Volunteers from Waterford City River Rescue were tasked by the Irish Coast Guard at 1:09am on Tuesday morning (11 May) to an incident involving a person in distress located at the Clock Tower Marina.

Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat assists stricken fishing vessel

Castletownbere RNLI launched on Monday night (10 May 2021) just after 9:00 pm to go to the assistance of a fishing vessel which experienced mechanical failure close to Mizen Head in West Cork.

Galway Lifeboat assists after yacht breaks moorings in Renville (Oranmore)

On Monday evening (10 May), Galway RNLI Lifeboat assisted in the recovery of a 32 ft yacht that broke its moorings in Renville.

Tramore RNLI launch to reports of a kitesurfer in distress

On Sunday afternoon (9 May) MRCC (Marine Rescue Co Ordination Centre) tasked Tramore RNLI, along with Tramore Coastguard and Rescue 117 to assist the kitesurfer.


Courtmacsherry RNLI tasked to 75 foot Fishing Vessel in difficulties 27 miles off Old Head of Kinsale

On Sunday morning (9 May) Courtmacsherry RNLI and the Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 were involved in the rescue of a 75 ft trawler that was taken on water.


Skerries RNLI rescues kite surfer near Rush

Skerries RNLI rescued a kite surfer who was having trouble getting back to shore near Rush beach on Saturday afternoon (8 May).


Lough Neagh Rescue launch to the aid of a broken down vessel

On Saturday evening (8 May), Lough Neagh Rescue were tasked to a broken down vessel in the Sandy Bay Area.


Howth RNLI rescue 4 people in an inflatable dinghy

On Saturday evening (8 May), Howth RNLI rescued four people in an inflatable dinghy who were struggling to make it back to shore against strong winds and tides.

Lough Neagh Rescue launch to the aid of a vessel that lost power

On Friday afternoon (7 May), lifeboats from Lough Neagh rescue were tasked to a vessel that lost power south of Coney Island.


Kilkeel RNLI aid one person on a 30ft fishing vessel with engine failure

Kilkeel RNLI launched at 7.15pm Tuesday 5 May 2021 to go to the aid of a 30ft fishing vessel with one person on board.


RNLI and GAA partnership working to save lives at sea

The two organisations have been working together in communities throughout Ireland to share water safety advice with GAA players and to deliver water safety talks to GAA clubs around the country.

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 

RNLI Launch a Memory

Would you like to remember someone and see their name on a Shannon lifeboat in Ireland? 

The new all-weather RNLI lifeboat, which will be based at Clifden, will proudly carry the names of up to 10,000 people, placed on it by their loved ones. 

Water Safety

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

In an emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard