Today the team were tasked to assist Helicopter Rescue 118 from Sligo with a landing at Beaumont. Orange Smoke was deployed to assist with the landing and HSE staff transferred the casualty to Beaumont hospital.
On Saturday 22nd at 7am Howth Coast Guard were tasked to prepare a helicopter landing for an incoming medical transfer to Beaumont Hospital.
On Sunday 30th the Howth Coast Guard boat while on training was tasked to standby a yacht that had grounded on Ireland’s eye. Later that day on high tide the boat made its own way off the rocks.
incidents 58/15, 59/15
While on cliff exercise this morning with the Dublin Fire Brigade at Whitewaterbrook near the Baily lighthouse, the team were approached by a member of the public who had concern for a person near the cliff edge. Two CG members and two DFB firefighters went to the area but could not locate the person. A quick search of the area by more team members failed to locate anybody of concern. The team were stood down after a thorough search with nothing to report.
While in the station at 15.00 closing down from the day's exercise the team were tasked to prepare the helicopter landing site at Beaumont hospital for an incoming casualty from the Wicklow mountains. The arrival was delayed due to the casualty being in an awkward position to winch but it was completed successfully and the casualty was transferred to a waiting HSE ambulance on landing. The DFB were also on scene providing fire cover for the helicopter. The unit were stood down at 17.30.
Incidents 56/15 and 57/15
At 03.01 this morning local Gardai requested the assistance of Howth Coast Guard to help locate a distressed person who had rung them looking for assistance. From the given description of the area that the person said they were in, the CG unit of 19 volunteers proceeded to the Deerpark hotel area near Howth harbour and commenced a search of the wooded area behind the hotel with three ground teams. Gardai and CG kept on the phone to her and assured her while the CG members searched.
One of the ground teams located the person after a short time in an elevated forest section behind the hotel. The person was brought back to the car park and after medical assessment was handed over to the care of the Gardai. The team stood down at 04.10
At 1900 yesterday, Wednesday, Howth CG were tasked to prepare the landing area at Beaumont hospital for Coast Guard rescue helicopter 116. It was picking up an injured crewman from a trawler in the Irish Sea. The crewman had sustained a head injury and needed to be transferred to hospital for assessment. Howth CG assisted with the transfer of the casualty to a waiting HSE ambulance when the helicopter landed and stood down after R116 departed.
On Friday 31st of July, Howth were tasked to assist in the recovery of a dog on the cliffs. As the team were assembling it was stood down after the dog had got itself out of trouble.
On Sunday Howth were tasked to a report of a jetski doing dangerous manoeuvres around the harbour and in close proximity to swimmers on Claremont beach. A member of the unit spoke to the person concerned and pointed out the correct procedures when in and around members of the public and the harbour.
Today, Monday, Howth were tasked to a report from a member of the public that there were two people on a sandbank off Malahide that appeared to be cut off. As members of the unit arrived to check the situation the two people made their way off the sandbank safely.
Incidents 51/15, 52/15 and 53/15
Howth Coast Guard were tasked today (27/7/15) to prepare for a landing at Beaumont Hospital with Coast Guard Rescue 116. As the team were preparing the site the incident was stood down.
On Monday Howth Coast Guard were tasked along with the RNLI and Coast Guard Rescue116 to a person needing assistance on the cliffs.
Call was a false alarm with good intent.
This afternoon at 3pm the Coast Guard 999 operations centre received reports of a person suffering a fall of 20 feet down cliffs near the Baily Lighthouse on Howth Head.
The Howth Coast Guard Cliff rescue team and Coast Guard Rescue 116 were tasked. Rescue 116 was flying nearby at the time and was on scene within 5 minutes. A Coast Guard paramedic was lowered and the casualty was airlifted to Tallaght hospital with a suspected broken arm.
On Friday the Howth CG team, CG Rescue 116 and Howth lifeboat were tasked by Gardai to assist with a missing person search.
An extensive search was carried out before being stood down. The person was located safely.
Members of the Irish Coast Guard (IrCG) unit in Howth are currently taking part in an observer program with Dublin Fire Brigade’s (DFB) ambulance service. The program has being running since April and involves Coast Guard members joining DFB paramedics on their ambulance as an observer for a shift. The objective is to improve Coast Guard member’s exposure to medical cases and help us understand the next link in the chain of medical care provided when the unit pass a casualty over to paramedics.
The IrCG unit in Howth work closely with medical staff from both the HSE and DFB and this program allows the IrCG and DFB to develop a better understanding of each other’s capabilities and procedures. The program is being run out of DFB stations in Kilbarrack, North Strand and Phibsboro. Team members are getting to observe up to ten cases per shift which involve broad range of medical emergencies from trauma injuries at Road Traffic Collisions to Cardiac Arrests.
As part of the program joint training exercise are planned to further enhance agency co-operation. Coast Guard members are finding the program very beneficial and are very appreciative of both the professionalism and hospitality shown by the DFB crews.
Howth Coast Guard recently visited Portmarnock National School in North Dublin; 350 students from the school got to see the Coast Guard schools safety program and meet with the team members. As part of the visit Coast Guard Safety Team packs were distributed and an art competition was held. The winning entries were Cillian Reynolds ,Katie Dargan , Sophie Finn and Laura Callan. They are pictured above with VO Gareth Collier from Howth Coast Guard station.
Howth Coast Guard was tasked yesterday to assist our colleagues in Dun Laoghaire CG station. Along with Dun Laoghaire and Greystones CG, CG Rescue 116, Dublin Civil Defence, RNLI, Lifeguards and Gardai a missing person search was carried out in the south side of Dublin Bay. The Howth CG boat team used a side scan sonar to review the seabed for anything that might be of interest while land teams from Howth assisted Dun Laoghaire CG with searching the shoreline. The search continues.
The search is for Breda Delaney (pictured) who has been missing from her home in Blackrock in Co Dublin since around 3.30am Saturday morning. Breda is described as being 5” 4’ in height, of slight build with blonde/grey hair and blue eyes. When last seen Breda was wearing a white cardigan, a grey calf length skirt and black shoes. Anyone with information is asked to contact Blackrock Garda Station on 01-666 5200, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.
8/7/15: 19.00 – Helicopter Landing in Beaumont. Jeep Crew dispatched, Landing Site Secured and crew assisted R116 paramedics transfer patient with head injuries from Helicopter to ambulance.
8/7/15: 23.00 – Flare sighted off Dollymount. Initial Response Team sent. Search carried out of Beach. Nothing to Report.
On Friday morning at 00.15 Howth Coast Guard were tasked to check a report of an unusual light in Dublin Bay. After investigation the light was thought to be a fishing vessel crossing the bay which was showing on the AIS system as underway. No assistance required.
On 25th June. Howth CG assisted in the search for a missing kayaker off Portmarnock. The kayaker was found and helped with information on safety equipment that should be brought on a trip and also informing somebody on shore with the journey plan and timings.
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Operation Safe Water took place today in Howth Harbour. The operation involves members from An Garda Siochana, the Irish Coast Guard and the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI); the objective of the operation is to perform a safety review with water users visiting Howth Harbour in north County Dublin. The operation, the first of its kind in the country, brings the three agencies together with the single aim of improving safety awareness amongst boat users.
The RNLI Coastal Safety Team are performing safety checks on lifejackets. John McKenna, Howth RNLI Coastal Safety Officer commented, ‘”A lifejacket is useless if you don’t wear it, but it’s also important to maintain it properly. Three simple steps could help to save your life - check that the gas canister is in good condition and screwed in properly, the firing head is within its expiry date and that a crotch strap is attached securely.’
Declan Howard, Community Safety Officer with the Irish Coast Guard, Howth is leading a team reviewing the essential safety equipment boats entering the harbour should be carrying. “A roadside breakdown is an entirely different situation to one on the water, having no means of communicating your need for help can have grave implications for you as the boat drifts towards rocks or out to sea. The waters in Ireland can offer great enjoyment but if you ignore carrying some of the basic safety equipment you put your crew and yourself at risk of injury or worse”. He also commented “With no phone masts mobile phone reception is hit and miss on the water, you need another plan to get out of trouble”.
The operation also reminded people of the dangers of cold water. Currently Irish Waters are 13 degrees, falling overboard is easy and can happen in seconds, getting back into a boat or even a kayak is not so easy or quick. At 13 degrees with no protective clothing after 10-15minutes hypothermia will commence and you’ll start to lose the ability to move arms and legs to stay afloat. Within an hour you could be unconscious. Survival is anywhere between 1 and 6 hours. If you’ve no way of letting the Coast Guard know you need help the alarm might be raised too late. Colin Murray, officer in charge, Irish Coast Guard unit in Howth commented “the job of the Lifeboats and the Coast Guard is to get to you within that hour, your job is to let us know you need help”, he added “that means having your kit and emergency plan ready before you go on the water – ie Marine VHF Radios, Flares, Protective Clothing etc. This is on top of our summer message No Life Jacket?, No Excuse. We want people enjoying the waters and coastline but going out prepared and not getting too complacent about the good weather.”
The inter agency approach brings all the stakeholders together with the aim of reducing the number of incidents on the water and coastline in the area and hopefully helping save lives, water safety booklets will be distributed in multiple languages.
Last night while on exercise the Irish Coast Guard boat based at Howth station was tasked to assist 3 kayakers lost in fog at an unknown position off the coast of Malahide.
Today Howth Coast Guard attended a water safety awards ceremony in St Lawrence O’Toole School on Seville place. Minister Paschal Donohoe and Garda Chief Superintendent Patrick Leahy handed over Coast Guard Prizes Bags to winners of the Coast Guard Safety Pack art competition; this was part of a follow up to a visit last month by the unit in partnership with Gardai from Store Street and staff from Canada Life Reinsurance.
As primary schools now break up for the summer its important the Coast Guard Water Safety message of “No Lifejackets, No Excuse” is followed. Nationally the Coast Guard are issuing Water Safety packs through its network of Coast Guard units, these include wristbands and a safety team folder filled with activities to keep children entertained while also improving their awareness of water safety.
Howth Coast Guard were tasked last night, Wednesday, at 19.00 to Beaumont hospital to prepare the landing site to receive Rescue 116 carrying a patient with a head injury. The patient was transferred to a waiting HSE ambulance on landing.
The Howth CG team were requested by Dublin Coast Guard last night to stand by to assist CG Rescue Helicopter 116 at the landing site at Beaumont hospital. The helicopter was routing to Portrane where they were to assist Dublin Fire Brigade with a cliff faller at Tower Bay. Skerries CG and Skerries Lifeboat were also tasked. During the incident the Howth unit were stood down due to low light levels at Beaumont. The helicopter landed at their base at Dublin airport.
Yesterday evening the team were invited aboard a Mexican Tall Ship visiting Dublin. The vessel is used as a training boat for Mexican naval cadets.
6 crew members attended and were given given a tour of the boat met with the crew.
Last night while en route back to Howth harbour after visiting the Mexican Tall ship in Dublin port the crew of Howth CG gave assistance to four swimmers at Balscadden. They were in an area which was going to be difficult to return to the car park without putting themselves at risk on the dangerous access cliff path. There had been a faller at that location earlier in the week.
One of them was suffering with mild hypothermia and was treated on scene.
Howth Coast Guard were tasked today at 16.15 to an initial report of a faller on the cliff path at Howth Summit. When a member of Howth CG arrived at the reported scene he could find nobody requiring assistance. Just at that time a second call came through to Dublin MRCC that a person had fallen at the cliffs at Balscadden. The original caller had been mistaken in their 112 call location.
The team assembled and went to Balscadden car park. On searching they found a person that had fallen about 10 metres to the bottom as they were ascending the cliff path and was in need of immediate medical attention. Howth ILB was requested to launch immediately by Howth CG to provide further assistance to the rescue efforts.
A secure cliff line was set up and four members of the CG team, one of them an Emergency Medical Technician, were lowered to the position at the bottom of the cliff and along with the lifeboat members they gave medical assistance and prepared the casualty for stretcher transfer to the awaiting lifeboat.
The casualty was stabilised on scene and transfered back via the ILB to the lifeboat station in Howth Harbour and handed over to a HSE ambulance.
Howth Coast Guard were tasked at 20.50 last night to prepare the landing site at Beaumont hospital for CG helicopter Rescue 116. It was performing an urgent medical transfer from Cavan GAA pitch. The unit stood down from an incident at Red Rock Sutton where the Dublin Fire Brigade had a gorse fire under control and went to the landing site. Rescue 116 routed quickly to the hospital site where the unit members performed a quick transfer to a waiting ambulance. The unit stood down at 22.50 back at base.
Call 112 and Ask For Coast Guard
If you think somebody is in difficulty on the coast / cliff / beach / sea then dial 112 and ask for COAST GUARD.
Our team of 25 volunteers based at Howth Harbour provide 24/7 on-call coverage and have specialised training to respond to local coastal emergencies in their own locality.