Yacht Aground at Portmarnock
Howth Coast Guard were tasked to a yacht aground at Portmarnock strand on Wednesday evening while out on exercise. The CG boat 'Grainne' was responding but were stood down as Howth Lifeboat had responded to the call and no further assistance was required.
While out on exercise on Saturday morning the Howth Coast Guard boat 'Grainne' was tasked to assist 26ft cruiser which had reported a fire onboard. A Pan Pan was broadcast by Dublin MRCC and Howth CG responded. The Howth CG boat was on scene quickly and took the boat in tow back to Howth harbour. There were 3 people on board. There was no fire on board when Grainne arrived to assist.
Report of Windsurfer in Difficulty
The Howth Coast Guard unit was tasked to Malahide Broadmeadows Estuary last night at 21.00 to a report of a windsurfer in difficulty. A member of the public on a train had seen what they thought was a windsurfer in the water needing assistance. Howth ILB was also tasked and the Howth Coast Guard boat which was training in Dublin bay was also asked to assist.
Sea Scouts on the water on Broadmeadows contacted the Coast Guard when they heard on the marine VHF of the concern for a windsurfer and reported that they could not see anybody in need of assistance. This was confirmed with the Coast Guard unit on scene and all resources were stood down. Considered call with good intent.
Assistance to Gardai
At 16.00 Howth CG were tasked to assist Gardai at the harbour. They needed assistance in recovering an object from beneath the water. The object was recovered and handed over to the Gardai on scene. Stood down at 17.15
On the recent May bank holiday weekend the Sun was up early and so were the Swords Scouts who were up to earn their Air Badge. The Coast Guard team from Howth assisted the scouts in ensuring a landing site was prepared in Rolestown, north west of Swords village. A local football pitch served as the landing zone for Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 116. The scouts did a sweep of the pitch to ensure any debris that could interfere with the landing was removed.
The scouts safely observed the Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 116 land and when the all clear was given the scouts got a tour of the helicopter by the crew. Particular attention was given to the importance of safety when approaching the helicopter.
Drumleck Point Search
At 19.34 Howth Coast Guard were tasked to a report from Gardai of persons trapped in a cave at Drumleck point. The team responded along with Howth Inshore Lifeboat and Helicopter Rescue 116. While searching for the casualties the incident was stood down by NMOC as Gardai reported that the casualties had been seen leaving the cave and getting to safety.
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.