Concern for Kayaker
The Irish Coast Guard emergency operations centre this morning, shortly before 11am, received a call about a kayaker off Howth. A concerned member of the public had noted that the kayaker was on the water with no Life Jacket and rang the Coast Guard on 999. The kayaker had proceeded around the back of Ireland’s eye off Howth and out of visibility from the caller on land. While the kayaker didn’t appear in difficulty there were concerned for their safety.
Response: CG HW IRT, CG R115, NAS
Location: Beaumont Hospital
R115 from Shannon inbound with hospital transfer patient and medical staff from Galway University Hospital. Site first inspected by CG team to see if suitable for landing, once cleared R115 made way for LZ. Patient transferred to NAS ambulance. Speedy recovery to patient.
Response: CG HW IRT, RNLI ILB (Dun Laoghaire)
Location: Dollymount Beach
Concern for Kite Surfer. Team along with RNLI attended the scene, KS returned to shore unassisted and didn't require any help.. Second KS lost kite, kite details reported to Dublin CG.
If ever in doubt whether someone is in trouble on the water or not don't delay, call the Coast Guard on 112/ 999.
Response: CG HW IRT
Location: Howth Harbour
Coast Guard personnel were alerted to a person choking. An ambulance was requested and members attended to the patient.
Response: CG HW IRT, RNLI ILB & ALB
Location: Burrow Beach
Concern for fishermen on rocks. False Alarm, good intent.
It is a new experience for us to lose a Coast Guard colleague in such tragic circumstances and it has brought with it a cloud of shock and disbelief, indeed it’s the first time ever for the Irish Coast Guard to lose someone. Caitriona answered the call, the call that volunteer and full time Coast Guard members do every day and night, whether it’s getting into a helicopter to attend to a long range mission out to sea or getting into a climbing harness to rescue someone who is in distress on the cliffs, the call is answered.
Caitriona Lucas was a Mother, a Wife, a Rescue Climber, a Boat Coxswain and a friend to many. A member of the Doolin Unit she was very well respected by all and interacted regularly with many of her Coast Guard colleagues throughout the country during her time. A quiet, unassuming and gentle natured person she was there to help when needed and devoted her life to the Coast Guard. Caitriona who worked as a librarian was also involved with SARDA Search and Rescue Dogs.
Caitriona will be very sadly missed by all her colleagues and our deepest sympathy go to her family and our colleagues in Doolin including her husband, Bernard, who is also a member of the Coast Guard based in Doolin.
Response: CG R116, CG HW IRT, DFB KILBARACK, NAS SWORDS
Location: Beaumont Hospital
R116 inbound from Monaghan with Head Injury on board. Site cleared and casualty transferred to waiting ambulance. Hopefully speedy recovery for the casualty.
Lost Hill Walkers
Response: Howth CG - Full Team Call Out
Location: Howth Head
Two hill walkers reported lost in the dark. Walkers were quickly located, no injuries.
Update on Recent Incidents
Howth CG were tasked on Monday 16th Aug at 14.16 to search the coastline for a vessel which may have needed assistance. MRCC Dublin had heard a Mayday call on channel 16 with no further contact.
The unit commenced a search but were stood down at 15.04 after MRCC were happy it was a false alarm.
Response: Howth CG
Later that evening at 20.00 the unit were tasked to a report of a missing child on Portmarnock beach. After 20 mins the unit was stood down as the child had been found.
Response: Howth CG, Gardai
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.