Howth Coast Guard were tasked today (27/7/15) to prepare for a landing at Beaumont Hospital with Coast Guard Rescue 116. As the team were preparing the site the incident was stood down.
On Monday Howth Coast Guard were tasked along with the RNLI and Coast Guard Rescue116 to a person needing assistance on the cliffs.
Call was a false alarm with good intent.
This afternoon at 3pm the Coast Guard 999 operations centre received reports of a person suffering a fall of 20 feet down cliffs near the Baily Lighthouse on Howth Head.
The Howth Coast Guard Cliff rescue team and Coast Guard Rescue 116 were tasked. Rescue 116 was flying nearby at the time and was on scene within 5 minutes. A Coast Guard paramedic was lowered and the casualty was airlifted to Tallaght hospital with a suspected broken arm.
On Friday the Howth CG team, CG Rescue 116 and Howth lifeboat were tasked by Gardai to assist with a missing person search.
An extensive search was carried out before being stood down. The person was located safely.
Members of the Irish Coast Guard (IrCG) unit in Howth are currently taking part in an observer program with Dublin Fire Brigade’s (DFB) ambulance service. The program has being running since April and involves Coast Guard members joining DFB paramedics on their ambulance as an observer for a shift. The objective is to improve Coast Guard member’s exposure to medical cases and help us understand the next link in the chain of medical care provided when the unit pass a casualty over to paramedics.
The IrCG unit in Howth work closely with medical staff from both the HSE and DFB and this program allows the IrCG and DFB to develop a better understanding of each other’s capabilities and procedures. The program is being run out of DFB stations in Kilbarrack, North Strand and Phibsboro. Team members are getting to observe up to ten cases per shift which involve broad range of medical emergencies from trauma injuries at Road Traffic Collisions to Cardiac Arrests.
As part of the program joint training exercise are planned to further enhance agency co-operation. Coast Guard members are finding the program very beneficial and are very appreciative of both the professionalism and hospitality shown by the DFB crews.
Howth Coast Guard recently visited Portmarnock National School in North Dublin; 350 students from the school got to see the Coast Guard schools safety program and meet with the team members. As part of the visit Coast Guard Safety Team packs were distributed and an art competition was held. The winning entries were Cillian Reynolds ,Katie Dargan , Sophie Finn and Laura Callan. They are pictured above with VO Gareth Collier from Howth Coast Guard station.
Howth Coast Guard was tasked yesterday to assist our colleagues in Dun Laoghaire CG station. Along with Dun Laoghaire and Greystones CG, CG Rescue 116, Dublin Civil Defence, RNLI, Lifeguards and Gardai a missing person search was carried out in the south side of Dublin Bay. The Howth CG boat team used a side scan sonar to review the seabed for anything that might be of interest while land teams from Howth assisted Dun Laoghaire CG with searching the shoreline. The search continues.
The search is for Breda Delaney (pictured) who has been missing from her home in Blackrock in Co Dublin since around 3.30am Saturday morning. Breda is described as being 5” 4’ in height, of slight build with blonde/grey hair and blue eyes. When last seen Breda was wearing a white cardigan, a grey calf length skirt and black shoes. Anyone with information is asked to contact Blackrock Garda Station on 01-666 5200, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.
8/7/15: 19.00 – Helicopter Landing in Beaumont. Jeep Crew dispatched, Landing Site Secured and crew assisted R116 paramedics transfer patient with head injuries from Helicopter to ambulance.
8/7/15: 23.00 – Flare sighted off Dollymount. Initial Response Team sent. Search carried out of Beach. Nothing to Report.
On Friday morning at 00.15 Howth Coast Guard were tasked to check a report of an unusual light in Dublin Bay. After investigation the light was thought to be a fishing vessel crossing the bay which was showing on the AIS system as underway. No assistance required.
On 25th June. Howth CG assisted in the search for a missing kayaker off Portmarnock. The kayaker was found and helped with information on safety equipment that should be brought on a trip and also informing somebody on shore with the journey plan and timings.
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Operation Safe Water took place today in Howth Harbour. The operation involves members from An Garda Siochana, the Irish Coast Guard and the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI); the objective of the operation is to perform a safety review with water users visiting Howth Harbour in north County Dublin. The operation, the first of its kind in the country, brings the three agencies together with the single aim of improving safety awareness amongst boat users.
The RNLI Coastal Safety Team are performing safety checks on lifejackets. John McKenna, Howth RNLI Coastal Safety Officer commented, ‘”A lifejacket is useless if you don’t wear it, but it’s also important to maintain it properly. Three simple steps could help to save your life - check that the gas canister is in good condition and screwed in properly, the firing head is within its expiry date and that a crotch strap is attached securely.’
Declan Howard, Community Safety Officer with the Irish Coast Guard, Howth is leading a team reviewing the essential safety equipment boats entering the harbour should be carrying. “A roadside breakdown is an entirely different situation to one on the water, having no means of communicating your need for help can have grave implications for you as the boat drifts towards rocks or out to sea. The waters in Ireland can offer great enjoyment but if you ignore carrying some of the basic safety equipment you put your crew and yourself at risk of injury or worse”. He also commented “With no phone masts mobile phone reception is hit and miss on the water, you need another plan to get out of trouble”.
The operation also reminded people of the dangers of cold water. Currently Irish Waters are 13 degrees, falling overboard is easy and can happen in seconds, getting back into a boat or even a kayak is not so easy or quick. At 13 degrees with no protective clothing after 10-15minutes hypothermia will commence and you’ll start to lose the ability to move arms and legs to stay afloat. Within an hour you could be unconscious. Survival is anywhere between 1 and 6 hours. If you’ve no way of letting the Coast Guard know you need help the alarm might be raised too late. Colin Murray, officer in charge, Irish Coast Guard unit in Howth commented “the job of the Lifeboats and the Coast Guard is to get to you within that hour, your job is to let us know you need help”, he added “that means having your kit and emergency plan ready before you go on the water – ie Marine VHF Radios, Flares, Protective Clothing etc. This is on top of our summer message No Life Jacket?, No Excuse. We want people enjoying the waters and coastline but going out prepared and not getting too complacent about the good weather.”
The inter agency approach brings all the stakeholders together with the aim of reducing the number of incidents on the water and coastline in the area and hopefully helping save lives, water safety booklets will be distributed in multiple languages.
Last night while on exercise the Irish Coast Guard boat based at Howth station was tasked to assist 3 kayakers lost in fog at an unknown position off the coast of Malahide.
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.