At 5am this morning (Friday 7th) the Gardai requested the assistance of the Irish Coast Guard at Clontarf Seafront. The Coast Guard team at Howth station were tasked along with Dublin Fire Brigade. Coast Guard and Fire Services were quickly on scene and a casualty was taken away to hospital by ambulance.
Three months ago an Irish Coast Guard cargo of boxes left the Coast Guard station in Howth for the Philippines. The boxes mostly contained children's clothes donated by Irish people and were destined to one of the islands hit by the Typhoon, the island was Panay Island and the area was Ajuy in the north east.
We decided to keep the costs of the freight down and after a terrific response from all over Dublin and we wanted to ensure as many boxes as possible could get delivered; so alas the boxes got sent the long journey by sea.
The cargo was delivered to the one house in the area that had lost its roof but had its walls still standing, there today 15 families still live. Pictured are some of the 200 people from two communities that were invited to the house, bags of clothes were packed for each family and distributed.
This was a small effort in the big scheme of what was needed but we’ve been asked to give a big thanks from the community of Ajuy to the Irish people for their response, digging deep when they needed help most. We wish the people in the Philippines the very best in the mammoth task of trying to get their lives back to normality.
Yesterday, Sunday, Howth Coast Guard were tasked to investigate a report of a snorkler who appeared to be in difficulty in Balscadden Bay at the East side of Howth harbour. Howth ILB were also tasked. Two volunteers were on scene quickly and observed a snorkler in the water but he did not seem to require assistance. Howth ILB made contact with the snorkler and confirmed all was okay. Considered call with good intent.
Early on Thursday morning last Howth Coast Guard were tasked to a 112 call from a person who reported being on Dollymount beach in a car surrounded by water. NMOC stood down the team quickly after the page as it was confirmed the call was a hoax.
Incidents 08/14 and 09/14
At 4am this morning (Sunday 2nd) the Irish Coast Guard unit at Howth were tasked to a person in the water at Malahide.
A member of the public got them out of the water and the Coast Guard team assisted with casualty care and transfer to an ambulance. The area was also checked to ensure no additional persons were in the water. After 5am the team stood down and returned to the station.
Shortly before 1am this morning (Wed 29th) the Irish Coast Guard 112 operations centre received a 112 call reporting someone in the water on Clontarf Seafront at Castle Avenue and requiring immediate assistance.
The Irish Coast Guard unit from Howth along with Dublin Fire Brigade were requested to respond by Coast Guard operations. Local Coast Guard units, Fire Brigade personnel from North Strand and Gardai were on scene within minutes and began a search of the area. A member of the public was taken to hospital by Fire Brigade Paramedics.
This afternoon (Sunday 26th) the Irish Coast Guard operations centre received an urgent message from a fishing vessel in Dublin bay, a male member of the crew had fallen down in the storage area below deck and was unconscious.
The Coast Guard Helicopter “Rescue 116” was dispatched and in difficult weather conditions got the winchman paramedic on board. The paramedic managed to stabilise the patient, due to the sea state and the location of casualty it was considered the safest option for the trawler to head to shore, with the Coast Guard paramedic remaining on board, and the casualty be extracted with extra assistance from shore.
The Irish Coast Guard Rescue team from Howth, a Dublin Fire Brigade unit from Kilbarack and a HSE ambulance from Swords were tasked to attend the West Pier in Howth. Between the multiple agencies the casualty, who was now conscious, was successfully extracted by stretcher through narrow hatches to the deck and onto the pier. From there he was transported by ambulance to Beaumont hospital.
On Thursday (24th Jan) evening the Irish Coast Guard operations centre received a
request for assistance from Gardai in searching for a person who had sought
assistance on the Howth Cliff path. The Coast Guard unit from Howth was
mobilised and 4 teams began searching the area. An hour later Gardai confirmed
that the call was a hoax. All teams were stood down.
Shortly before 3pm today (Monday 6th) the Irish Coast Guard Control Centre was alerted of somebody being knocked over by a wave on Howth’s upper East Pier. The Irish Coast Guard Rescue Team from Howth, Howth RNLI lifeboat, Dublin Fire Brigade, HSE Paramedics and Gardai responded.
A male had got knocked from the upper pier to the lower pier, a drop of 10 foot, while he was out walking. He sustained an ankle injury and was treated by paramedics on scene. Due to the continuing waves that were breaking and in the interest of safety of the casualty and emergency service personnel he was evacuated to the Howth inshore lifeboat and transported the short distance across the harbour to the Howth Lifeboat station where an ambulance was waiting to bring him to hospital.
The Coast Guard make a further appeal to the public to refrain visiting piers, seafronts and cliffs until the current storm and high tides have passed. Importantly if the public see someone who is likely to get into danger call 112/999 and ask for the Coast Guard.
Photo Credit: Adam Scott
Members of the public are putting themselves in danger as they stand on seafronts and harbour walls in Clontarf and Howth watching the waves breaking. This is not recommended and the Irish Coast Guard advice is to stay away from coastal areas like Harbour Walls and Seafronts during storms and high tides. What is perceived as a viewing point can quickly turn into an area flooded with very fast moving water taking people back into the sea. If the public consider someone maybe likely to get into danger we encourage them to call 112/999 and ask for the Coast Guard.
The next high tide of concern is Friday at 12.30pm and the Coast Guard in Howth are working closely with other agencies to monitor the situation. For further information on flooding visit www.flooding.ie. Photos below, credit to the Irish Times and The Journal (Brian Lawless/PA Wire).
With high tides alerts in Dublin an Irish Coast Guard patrol from Howth was monitoring the high water levels in Clontarf. The patrol was then diverted to an incident in Howth Harbour where reports were received by the Coast Guard control room of a person suspected of being washed off the West Pier into the sea.
A full team call out of the Howth unit was requested along with Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 116 and Howth RNLI lifeboats; a unit of Dublin Civil Defence also assisted in the search.
Following an extensive search and updated information from a witness the search was stood down. Conditions were a south easterly force 8 wind, It is not recommended to walk along exposed areas of the coast line including harbour walls with breaking waves in these conditions. This puts unnecessary risk to the members of the emergency services responding.
Later the Coast Guard patrol assisted Gardai with concern for a member of the public on Clontarf Seafront.