Last Sunday while on exercise the Irish Coast Guard boat “Sean Dunne” from Howth station was tasked by the Coast Guard operations centre to assist a craft near Dun Laoghaire harbour.
The boat was towed into Dun Laoghaire and a crew member from the casualty vessel brought aboard the Coast Guard boat.
Howth Coast Guard were tasked last night at 22.24 to a report from a member of the public that a person in the Red Rock area of Sutton may be in need of assistance. An initial response team responded quickly to the scene and along with Gardai met up with the person.
The team were stood down at 23.31 after confirming the person did not require assistance. Considered call with good intent.
“Give us a Hand”
The warm weather is back at last, the beaches are filling up and Irish Coast Guard units are getting ready for another busy day. We would encourage parents to help us during this good weather.
Despite the best efforts of parents sometimes children go missing at beaches. A lost child on the coastline is treated very seriously by the emergency services and responders will immediately be deployed to assist with locating the missing child. This may involve Coast Guard shore teams, boats and helicopters working alongside our colleagues from the Life Guards, Lifeboats and An Garda Siochana.
So what can parents do before going to the beach? We encourage them to put an identity bracelet on their child's wrist with their own contact details on it so if their child gets lost a member of emergency services can quickly contact the parent and get them reunited.
To help with this the Irish Coast Guard are currently distributing identity wristbands to Coast Guard patrols and Life Guard stations around the country, these are available free to charge to the public. An Garda Siochana have also partnered with the Coast Guard in helping to distribute the bands through their community policing network. The wristband is made of tyvek material which is very strong and difficult to tear, it also water resistant making it ideal for beach conditions. With the help of a scissors the band can be easily removed and disposed of. If you’re going to the beach make sure your child knows where the Life Guards are based in case they do get lost.
The wristbands also carry a message reminding the public to call 112 and ask for the Coast Guard for Beach, Water or Cliff Emergencies. 112 is the European wide emergency number, commonly known in Ireland as 999.
The Irish Coast Guard emergency operations centre received a call from Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) control room this afternoon that a male in his 30's had fallen off the cliff path on Howth Head.
The Irish Coast Guard Cliff Rescue team from Howth along with Howth lifeboat were tasked. The Irish Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 117 from Waterford was also tasked but stood down on route. DFB also tasked a Fire unit and an Ambulance to the call.
A Coast Guard team located the casualty who had fallen 4 meters off the Cliff Path near Drumleck Point. The Coast Guard team worked with DFB paramedics to evacuate the casualty on a spinal board 200 meters to a waiting ambulance. The casualty was conscious and breathing and had suffered a head injury. He is being treated at Beaumont Hospital.
The Coast Guard reminds people of the dangers of going off the main path on Howth Head. By remaining on the path you get to enjoy the best views and keep yourself safe.
Date: Sat 2/7/16
Location: Burrow Beach
Response: RNLI – D Class (Howth), IRCG – Initial Response Team (Howth), Life Guards (Fingal).
Details: Kite Surfer assisted to shore, no injuries.
Date: Sun 3/7/16
Location: Beaumont Hospital
Response: IRCG – Initial Response Team (Howth), IRCG – Helicopter (R116), DFB – (Kilbarrack), NAS – (Swords).
Details: Prepare Landing Site and Evacuation to ambulance for inbound CG Helicopter with casualty from Wicklow Mountains.
On Tuesday 28th June at 5pm the team from Howth Coast Guard were tasked along with CG Rescue 116 to search an area near Howth summit.
R116 lowered a winch man and located a person who was deceased. Due to the precarious location the helicopter requested the Howth CG Cliff Rescue team recover the body. Four climbers from the unit descended and the body was recovered. At 9pm the unit stood down.
We pass our sincere condolences onto the family of the deceased, Rest in Peace.
The Irish Coast Guard unit in Howth were today involved in a water safety visit to St Josephs's Primary School in East Wall in Dublin's inner city. This is the second year of a joint safety initiative between the Irish Coast Guard (Howth), An Garda Siochana Community Policing (Store Street) and staff from local business - Canada Life Re-Insurance.
The program provided an interactive water safety presentation for 60 students making up 4th, 5th and 6th class. A particular focus was given to the dangers of jumping off high structures likes bridges and buildings into rivers or canals. There is a severe risk of incurring life changing injuries including spinal damage from this activity. Other areas presented included CPR, Ringbuoys and preparation for going on the water.
Below are pictures taken locally from above and below the water. For more information on water safety visit www.safetyonthewater.ie.
Date: Sunday 12th June.
Location: Dollymount Beach
Flare reported. Unit from CG - Howth investigated and searched the area, nothing to report.
Date: Saturday 11th June.
Concern for missing person, Coast Guard assisted Gardai with search. CG Rescue 116 and CG unit - Howth tasked, person located later by Gardai.
On Sunday the Howth Coast Guard boat assisted a small rib with five persons on board which had run out of fuel. They towed it to it's mooring buoy in the harbour. All on board were wearing lifejackets.
Yesterday evening Dublin Coast Guard requested Howth to go to Malahide to check on a yacht which had grounded on the approach to the estuary. Two volunteers were on scene quickly and informed Dublin that there was no concern for the people on board and the yacht was waiting for the tide. Howth Lifeboat who were also tasked towed the yacht clear of the sandbank out to sea.
Incidents 38/16 and 39/16
Date: Thursday 2nd June.
Location: Howth Cliffs
Today at lunch time a member of the public reported to the Irish Coast Guard emergency operations centre that youths were getting themselves into danger on the cliffs in Howth.
An initial response team from the Irish Coast Guard station in Howth were tasked and arrived quickly at the area. They located a group of teenagers that were walking along steep slopes away from the main coastal path. The Coast Guard members were able to signal to the teens to return to the Cliff Path where the Coast Guard informed them of the dangers they were getting themselves into.
We encourage people to enjoy the good weather but to do so safely. This area has seen people fall from the cliffs and suffer serious injury in the past. We are particularly grateful to the member of the public who dialed the Coast Guard on 999 to inform us of their concerns; this ensured a swift response from the Coast Guard with the incident quickly resolved.
Date: Sunday 29th May
Concern for persons cut off by tide. Stood down on route. They made their own way to shore.
Date: Monday 30th May
Location: Howth Head.
Missing Person. Search carried out by team along with RNLI and Gardai, person located away from the area by Gardai.
Last night at 21.14 Howth Coast Guard were tasked to a report of a person having fallen from the cliff path near Casana rock. The unit responded along with both RNLI Howth lifeboats. In a difficult operation a person was recovered to the inshore lifeboat from the base of the cliff by Coast Guard and Lifeboat crews. They were transferred to the lifeboat station in the harbour where a HSE ambulance was waiting.
Earlier in the day a two year old child on Dollymount beach with a suspected broken leg was assisted. The child and a parent was transferred to hospital by HSE ambulance.
Incidents 33/16 and 34/16
Today at 13.08 Howth Coast Guard were requested to go to the Baily lighthouse area to assist National Ambulance Service paramedics on scene in recovering a casualty to their ambulance.
A person had sustained a lower leg injury while walking on the cliff path. Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 116 was also tasked to the scene. The Howth CG station rescue boat 'Sean A Dunne' was exercising in Dublin bay and proceeded to the area to assist if required.
On arrival members of the ground unit transported the casualty in the Coast Guard cliff stretcher to the lighthouse access road where the ambulance was waiting. The helicopter was not required and was stood down.
This morning the Irish Coast Guard operations centre were alerted to a 999 call of a female faller on the cliffs on Howth Head. It appeared the casualty went away from the cliff path and fell down 30 feet.
Both the local Coast Guard Cliff Rescue unit and Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 116 were tasked and were quickly on scene. The casualty had sustained a leg injury and as a precaution was treated for potential spinal injuries; she was winched aboard Rescue 116 and taken to Dublin Airport for further transfer to Beaumont Hospital.
Walkers are reminded to stay on the cliff path and not wander away from the path close to the cliff edge. If the public see someone who maybe putting themselves in danger alert the Coast Guard at 112 or 999.
On Saturday the 14th of May the unit marked the 2nd anniversary of the passing of our colleague Sean Dunne; Sean was a long serving member of the unit until his sudden passing in 2014.
We were honoured with his family's support to have the opportunity to name the Coast Guard boat based on station in Howth after Sean. A short ceremony was held for Sean’s family, friends and members of the local emergency services. Sean’s wife Katrina said a few words outlining the commitment Sean had made to the Irish Coast Guard and how it was such a significant part of his life and their life.
2am the pager sounds
Not known what is to be found
A long night of rescue is ahead
Maybe not making it back to bed
Early hours returning to base
Call is over but the ropes they need a new face
Finally as dawn starts to break the work is done
You get to go home to see the rising son
Though you may now wander new lands
We will never forget your hands
Rest now on that cloud
For you have made us proud
Date: Friday 13th May
The Irish Coast Guard operation centre tasked the Howth RNLI inshore lifeboat and Howth Coast Guard to reports of a body in the water in Howth harbour. The lifeboat recovered the body to the shore. Rest in Peace.
Date: Monday 16th May
The lifeboat crew came across a Kayaker on the shore who had fallen in the water earlier off Howth. Coast Guard NMOC were informed and Howth Coast Guard were also tasked. The casualty was taken by ambulance to hospital suffering from hypothermia.
Date: Sunday 8th May
Yesterday afternoon the Irish Coast Guard were alerted to concerns for a diver who was at the slip at Howth Harbour, Co Dublin. The unit in Howth were tasked and were quickly on scene.
On arrival the team were met with a male diver in his 40s who had experienced a rapid ascent while returning to the surface from 15 meters depth. With the possibility of decompression sickness the Coast Guard team provided medical assistance until the arrival of an ambulance. The casualty was taken to Beaumont Hospital where his condition is stable.
Date: Sunday 8th May
The team were tasked along with Howth RNLI to a May Day call from a boat off Malahide. A Coast Guard unit on scene identified the craft which was now under tow by a launch boat from Malahide Marina. The RNLI crew spoke to the vessel and were comfortable no further assistance was required.
Howth Coast Guard were tasked today at 15.45 to assist Gardai in the search for a missing person they had concern for.
The search unit responded along with the Howth Coast Guard boat which was on the water training at the time. While searching the coastline at Balscadden the boat spotted a person matching the description given. The boat directed a land search crew to the location where they confirmed it was the person concerned .
The search was stood down.
On 22nd April the team was tasked to investigate a report of a flare seen in the Dollymount beach area. The team conducted a search with nothing to report.
The long weekend has arrived and the evenings are getting brighter, summer can’t be too far away! This time of the year traditionally sees people starting to dust off BBQ’s and start planning outdoor parties. There’s plenty of ways to impress your friends in your garden from showing off your latest Samba dance moves to showcasing your sugar free ice cream deserts. Dance to the Samba while eating ice cream to your heart’s content but one thing we’d ask you to not take out this year is your collection of Chinese Lanterns.
Chinese Lanterns when released can travel quickly over the water and be easily confused with marine distress flares which are very similar in colour. When a flare call is reported to the Coast Guard emergency operations centre an immediate response is activated as this could indicate someone is in difficulty in the water and needs urgent assistance. Equally our colleagues in the Fire Service have had to respond to fires over the years after the flame from a Chinese Lantern ignited materials when they landed.
The Irish Coast Guard unit in Howth has already responded in the last week to reports of flares over Dublin Bay which has tied up resources until it could be confirmed to be a false alarm. If you do see what appears to be flare near water never delay, call the Coast Guard @ 112 or 999 immediately. Have a safe and fun weekend.
It's been a busy week for the unit so far. Futher incident updates to our post earlier in week.
On Wednesday evening at 20.15 Howth CG were tasked to reports of an unattended jetski on the beach at Malahide estuary.
The unit responded along with RNLI Howth ILB. The initial HCG team on scene made contact with the owner who reported that it had engine problems so it was left on the beach until a tow could be obtained. It was towed back to the marina.
The unit stood down at 20.35.
On Thursday morning the unit was asked to check report of an oil slick seen at sea near the Burford bank in Dublin Bay.
The area was checked from land with nothing to report. CG helicopter rescue 116 also did a sweep of the area.
Later on Thursday morning a report from a member of the public of a car below the Summit car park was investigated. It was found to be remains of a car that has been there for some time. Considered call with good intent.
A unit was tasked along with CG Helicopter Rescue 116 to investigate reports of a parachute off Howth Head. False Alarm. Good Intent.
The CG national operations centre received a 112 call reporting an animal in difficulty off Burrow Beach in Sutton. Animal returned safely to shore.
Pollution reported off Ireland’s eye. CG Rescue 116 and Howth CG boat were tasked. Container recovered,
Today the Irish Coast Guard joined members of the emergency services to help the Dublin Lord Mayor launch the ‘Save a Selfie’ app at the Mansion House.
‘Save a Selfie’ is an interactive mobile app that allows members of the public to take ‘selfies’ alongside emergency equipment such as defibrillators, first aid kits and Life Rings. The images are uploaded to the platform and their locations are tagged on a map, making critical life-saving devices easy to find for both the public and the emergency services. The locations of devices can also be shared on social media.
Dublin Fire Brigade member and paramedic Seán Peters who developed the app said people typically walk past about 15 life-saving devices every day, but there is no data base of them or their locations. The app is available from the app store and the Google play store and can be downloaded from www.saveaselfie.org. @saveaselfie @dubfirebrigade @LordMayorDublin
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.