Summer boating season coming – avoid boat breakdowns, try the RNLI Sea Check service.

The recent shout to five people in difficulties on Killiney Bay serves as a timely reminder to boat-owners to properly prepare for trips afloat.


The five got into trouble when their speedboat broke down on Killiney Bay. Thankfully nobody was injured in the incident which saw the Anna Livia tasked to tow the 17-foot casualty to the safety of the Coal Harbour.

Capt. Jim Kennedy, one of our Deputy Launching Authorities at Dun Laoghaire commented, "As the main boating season arrives and the weather improves, it is essential to properly prepare for sea trips.

"Engines of all types should be serviced by a properly qualified mechanic before use as this is a common cause of lifeboat call-outs," he said.

The RNLI's SEA Check a completely free, friendly and confidential service that looks at safety aspects involved with your boat. SEA Check is neither a test nor an inspection and there is no pass or fail. Conducted by one of our highly trained volunteers, SEA Check is a personal face-to-face safety advice service that takes place on board your own craft. You set the time and we tailor our visit to your vessel and the type of boating that you do.

Whether you're a newcomer, or an experienced boater, this unique one-to-one service will give you an opportunity to ask any niggling questions on equipment or emergency procedures.

To help you safely on your way we also provide a pack of free publications to ensure that next time you go afloat you are more prepared.


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