The Howth CG unit was tasked Friday at 15.31 to a 112 call of a faller on the cliff path at Howth. The team assembled and went to the scene near Casana rock. After a brief search the unit found the casualty who had fallen 5 metres into gorse undergrowth. Medicial assistance was given by the Coast Guard unit EMT and helicopter paramedic. The casualty was placed on a spinal board and stretcher and then winched into the helicopter and flown to Tallaght hospital.
On Saturday last at 15.01 Howth CG were tasked to prepare the LZ at Beaumont Hospital for an incoming spinal casualty on CG helicopter Rescue 116 en route from the Wicklow mountains. The team were stood down at 15.10 when the helicopter was routed to the LZ at Kilmainham hospital.
This morning at 8.30am the Irish Coast Guard team at Howth were tasked by the Irish Coast Guard emergency operations centre to reports of a car in the water at Baldoyle.
The car had left the Coast Road but had not entered the water. Gardai investigating.
At midday today the Irish Coast Guard team in Howth were alerted by the Coast Guard operations centre to a dog trapped on sea cliffs at Balscaden on Howth Head.
The dog, Hooch a 12 year old boxer, had fallen 15 meters into the water and then scrambled back up rocks where he was stuck on a ledge. His barks had been heard by walkers and paddle boarders who alerted the Coast Guard.
A Coast Guard Cliff Rescue team from the Howth station were training nearby and were tasked. Paddle boarders on the water assisted the Coast Guard team with the location. Due to the location it was safer to extract to the top than lower Hooch to a boat.
A rescue climber was lowered and the unit's animal rescue bag was deployed to bring the canine back to safety. The Coast Guard team then hauled the rescue climber and the dog back to safety. Hooch was slightly shaken by the ordeal but otherwise in good spirits.
We encourage dog owners not to attempt dangerous rescues but instead to call the Coast Guard at 112/999.
On Saturday afternoon a full team call out was activated by the Coast Guard operations centre to bring us our first call out of the year.
A female had sustained a leg injury on the cliff path close to Red Rock. The unit quickly located the casualty who had minor injuries but was unable to walk. A paramedic from the team attended to the casualty while the stretcher party transported her back to the main road where she was met by family members. Thanks to local residents for access to their property during the evacuation.
Monday 28th December
11.30am Concern for person in difficulty on east pier as waves were breaking at high tide. Nothing to report, watch kept on pier with advice issued to the public until darkness.
17.00 A unit was tasked this afternoon to an EPIRB activation on a vessel. Area of interest searched, investigation moved search to another territory. Details on EPIRB below for those interested.
Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB). When an EPIRB is activated, the EPIRB transmits a radio signal with user registration data (including the beacon's unique ID eg.15 character UIN or HEX ID) and positioning information to a network of satellites that assist the Coast Guard in conducting an emergency rescue.
Incidents 79/15 and 80/15
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.