Howth Coast Guard were tasked today at 17.38 to check a report from a member of the public who was concerned about a paddleboarder far offshore at Portmarnock beach. Two volunteers went to the scene whereupon arriving the paddleboarder had just come ashore. The person was not in difficulty and did not require assistance. The Howth members spoke to the person and gave advice regarding the wearing of a suitable floatation device while taking part in a water activity.
The Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI would like to remind boat users of the importance of carrying out safety checks on boats before going on the water. This follows a call yesterday where the RNLI in Howth recovered a boat for the fourth time this summer. The Irish Coast Guard unit from Howth also attended, after taking details the skipper was talked through the essential safety checks.
Life Jackets for all personnel on board.
Boat Engine serviced regularly.
Way of getting help – VHF Radio & Flares & Mobile phone in water proof housing.
Suitable Clothing and supplies including water for the trip.
Killcords – you stop the engine stops.
Training – know what you’re doing.
More advice is available on www.safetyonthewater.ie. Link to Powerboating section is http://goo.gl/imHfGd
Yesterday (Saturday) as the unit's boat was launching they were alerted to an unturned dingy off Howth. As the team were proceeding they were informed of a second incident involving a sailor with an injury requiring assistance on board a yacht.
They passed the upturned dingy who had a rescue boat with them and the crew didn't require further assistance.
The team reached the yacht and two of the Coast Guard crew including an EMT were placed aboard and they stabilised the casualty. A male had broken his arm and was in need of medical assistance. The crew assisted with getting the yacht to shore where they were met with a DFB ambulance who transported the male to hospital.
Last night (Sunday) at 8pm the team were tasked to assist an incoming Coast Guard Helicopter, landing at Beaumont Hospital. As team members were preparing the landing site they were stood down and the helicopter landed at Dublin Airport.
Howth Coast Guard was tasked today at 10.30 at the request of Gardai to search an area at Red Rock Sutton for a person that has been missing for 9 days. The search was completed by 1345 with nothing to report. The unit was stood down by MRCC.
While on exercise today Howth Coast Guard boat was tasked at 16.55 to the mouth of Malahide estuary where a vessel was reported to be needing assistance. A passing boat had reported to Dublin Coast Guard MRCC that a vessel appeared to be grounded in rough seas and the people on board were waving to attract attention. Skerries RNLI lifeboat was also tasked to the area to assist. The Howth CG boat was quickly on scene and established that the vessel had run out of fuel, had anchored but was nearly grounded. Everybody on board was wearing a lifejacket and no medical attention was required. Howth CG boat set up a tow with the assistance of Skerries ILB and brought them into the safety of Malahide marina. Howth and Skerries were stood down at 18.30.
At 4am this morning the team were tasked to assist Gardai with a search in Howth. The person was located quickly by Gardai and the unit was stood down.
Howth Coast Guard were tasked at 15.30 on Friday to facilitate a landing at Beaumont hospital by Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 115 which was en route from Galway with a patient. A team assembled and went to the landing area at the hospital and cleared the area for a safe landing and patient transfer.
While at the landing area waiting for the helicopter the unit received a request to go to Portmarnock beach to locate a missing child which became separated from it's mother. The team split and the majority of the team went to Portmarnock in the unit's van and a Garda car leaving a core to assist with the patient. On arrival the child was quickly found safe and was reunited with it's mother.
Incidents 49/14 and 50/14
Last Thursday Howth CG were tasked to Malahide at the request of Gardai to speak to a jetskier causing problems in Malahide estuary.
On Saturday Howth CG were tasked to speak on boating safety to the occupants of a rowing boat that was assisted by Howth Lifeboat back to Howth harbour after being lost in fog.
Incidents 47/14 and 48/14
This evening (14/7/14) the Coast Guard emergency operations centre received calls about a swimmer injured while jumping off rocks at Balsadden in Howth.
Members of the Irish Coast Guard Cliff Rescue team at Howth were quickly on the scene and began to administer medical treatment to a male. He had suffered a back injury while jumping off 30 feet cliffs into the water. Further medical assistance arrived with Dublin Fire Brigade paramedics from Kilbarack, the two agencies worked together to stabilise the patient.
The Coast Guard helicopter from Dublin Airport, Rescue 116, arrived and winched the casualty up and evacuated him to hospital.
Jumping off high structures like bridges or cliffs into the water is jumping into the unknown with tides changing and unknown debris beneath the surface. There is risk of serious injury or worse.