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.
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.
The team were stood down at 23.31 after confirming the person did not require assistance. Considered call with good intent.
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.
Date: Sun 17/7/16 09.00
Location: Beaumont Hospital.
Response: CG – Rescue 118 (Sligo), CG – IRT (Howth), NAS (Swords), DFB (North Strand).
Details: Incoming medical transfer on CG R118. Secure and prepare landing site, patient transfer to NAS ambulance. DFB providing fire cover.
Date: Sun 17/7/16 19:00
Location: Burrow Beach, Howth.
Response: CG – Search Team (Howth)
Details: Missing Child. Child quickly located and reunited with parents.
Date: Mon 18/7/16 10:00
Location: Howth Harbour.
Response: CG – IRT (Howth), RNLI - ILB (Howth)
Details: Vessel requiring assistance in harbour.
Date: Mon 18/7/16 21:00
Location: Burrow Beach.
Response: CG – IRT (Howth), RNLI (Howth)
Details: Person in difficulty in the water off Burrow Beach. RNLI brought them to shore, CG shore team checked they were ok. Thanks to the member of the public who brought the party home.
Date: Tue 19/7/16 22:00
Response: CG – IRT (Howth)
Details: Tourists in precarious position on rocks. Members walked them back to safety.
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.
The program provided an interactive water safety presentation for 60 students making up 4th, 5th and 6th class. A particular focus was given to the dangers of jumping off high structures likes bridges and buildings into rivers or canals. There is a severe risk of incurring life changing injuries including spinal damage from this activity. Other areas presented included CPR, Ringbuoys and preparation for going on the water.
Below are pictures taken locally from above and below the water. For more information on water safety visit www.safetyonthewater.ie.
Date: Sunday 12th June.
Location: Dollymount Beach
Flare reported. Unit from CG - Howth investigated and searched the area, nothing to report.
Date: Saturday 11th June.
Concern for missing person, Coast Guard assisted Gardai with search. CG Rescue 116 and CG unit - Howth tasked, person located later by Gardai.
Yesterday evening Dublin Coast Guard requested Howth to go to Malahide to check on a yacht which had grounded on the approach to the estuary. Two volunteers were on scene quickly and informed Dublin that there was no concern for the people on board and the yacht was waiting for the tide. Howth Lifeboat who were also tasked towed the yacht clear of the sandbank out to sea.
Incidents 38/16 and 39/16
Date: Thursday 2nd June.
Location: Howth Cliffs
Today at lunch time a member of the public reported to the Irish Coast Guard emergency operations centre that youths were getting themselves into danger on the cliffs in Howth.
An initial response team from the Irish Coast Guard station in Howth were tasked and arrived quickly at the area. They located a group of teenagers that were walking along steep slopes away from the main coastal path. The Coast Guard members were able to signal to the teens to return to the Cliff Path where the Coast Guard informed them of the dangers they were getting themselves into.
We encourage people to enjoy the good weather but to do so safely. This area has seen people fall from the cliffs and suffer serious injury in the past. We are particularly grateful to the member of the public who dialed the Coast Guard on 999 to inform us of their concerns; this ensured a swift response from the Coast Guard with the incident quickly resolved.
Date: Sunday 29th May
Concern for persons cut off by tide. Stood down on route. They made their own way to shore.
Date: Monday 30th May
Location: Howth Head.
Missing Person. Search carried out by team along with RNLI and Gardai, person located away from the area by Gardai.
Call 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.