Multi-Casualty Cliff Rescue Exercise with Irish Red Cross Emergency Medical Technicians
Held in April 2013 at White Waterbrook. Read the full story.
One of the more common callouts we receive are for people enjoying walking or running in the area who slip and fracture a lower limb or ankle injury. The team regularly train for this scenario, ensuring all members are able to stabilise, package, and evacuate by stretcher a casualty in this situation.
Person enters the water at Clontarf
Shortly before midday today (Sunday 21st April) a clothed person entered the water at the slipway in Clontarf.
A local resident witnessing this contacted the Coast Guard 999 operations centre. Following this the resident entered the water after the person who was now face down in the water and assisted the casualty to the safety of the shoreline.
Gardai and members of the Irish Coast Guard were very quickly on the scene. Dublin Fire Brigade paramedics arrived and transported the casualty to hospital by ambulance.
The Coast Guard would like to thank the local resident whose quick thinking in contacting the Coast Guard and bravery in entering the cold waters led to a successful outcome. It also a reminder of the importance of having public Liferings along a seafront ready and in place for when they need to be used like today.
Last night the Irish Coast Guard unit based at Howth Harbour undertook a medical exercise with the Irish Red Cross. A number of qualified & trainee Emergency Medical Technicians including the 4 and paramedic from our own unit were lowered into Whitewater Brook by our heights rescue team.
Once foot access by steps was confirmed, over 40 personnel from the two organisations joined the effort to triage, treat, and evacuate 8 serious trauma victims with injuries sustained from rockfall on the beach.
Conditions included Pelvic Fracture, Standing Spinal Takedown, Head Injuries, Altered Level of Consciousness, Myocardial Infarction, Unconscious with Spinal Injuries, and airway difficulties.
Thank you to the Irish Red Cross for providing medical personnel, and the patients for the evening. Our team were able to gain a lot of experience assisting you as medics.
Boat Towed To Safety
The Irish Coast Guard Unit from Howth were undertaking helm training with a passage to the Irish Coast Guard unit at Drogheda to support the Drogheda Marina launch on the Boyne River.
A vessel planning to take part in the flotilla lost power on the Drogheda Bar and requested assistance from the Irish Coast Guard. The Howth unit responded and took the ski-boat with 4 persons on-board under tow.
While returning the boat to safety, a mother and child suffering from serious sea-sickness in a second vessel were also transferred to the Coast Guard boat.
The boat under tow and the persons aboard were handed over to Drogheda Coast Guard at the shore.
Check on Person in Water
Howth Coast Guard was tasked on Friday 29th to check a report of a person in the water at Sutton. A local volunteer was quickly on scene and confirmed that it was a fisherman standing out in the water in waders. Dublin MRCC was informed and Howth was stood down. Considered call with good intent.
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.