Sunday, 07 October 2012 23:50
Station training visits to Irish Coastguard MRCC Dublin
Dun Laoghaire RNLI crews have been visiting the Irish Coastguard service's Marine Rescue Co-Ordination Centre (MRCC) and coast radio station based in city centre Dublin over the last few weekly training sessions. The state of the art facilities handle everything from routine radio traffic to pollution incidents as well as co-ordination of marine emergencies. The RNLI lifeboats at 43 stations around the coast are "declared resources" available to the Irish Coastguard and are requested to respond to various types of incidents at immediate notice 24 hours a day, year round.
Thanks to Kyron, Declan and Jim from the Dun Laoghaire Coastguard Unit for organising the visits to MRCC Dublin and to all the officers there for their hospitality.
Sunday, 09 September 2012 19:30
Five brought to safety in Dublin Bay search operation
RNLI lifeboats from Dun Laoghaire and Howth together with the Irish Coastguard helicopter Rescue 116 from Dublin Airport were involved in a two-hour operation on Dublin Bay on Saturday afternoon (8th Spetember 2012) after a number of competitors in a coastal rowing event experienced difficulties between the Burford and Kish banks.
The incident occured at 1705 when the Marine Rescue Co-Ordination Centre (MRCC) Dublin received a report from R-116 and the All-Weather lifeboat (ALB) at Dun Laoghaire was tasked to assist one rowing skiff with five persons on-board. The crew of the skiff was taken on-board the lifeboat at 1725 and the boat placed under tow. Weather conditions were fine with good visibility but a southerly Force 5 breeze made for wet and uncomfortable conditions.
Concern that other skiffs may also be in difficulty led to the launch of Howth ALB that acted as on-scene co-ordinator for a search involving both lifeboats and helicopter until one un-accounted for skiff had been located. Pilot boats from Dublin Port also took part in the operation and towed one skiff to Dun Laoghaire. HSE Ambulance crews attended in Dun Laoghaire along with the Dun Laoghaire Coastguard Unit. Nobody required hospital attention.