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.
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.