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Volvo Ocean Race

by Caitriona in  Callouts


Doolin Coast Guard Boat was in the Galway Bay area all day,one of the many boats on safety duty for the Volvo Ocean Race.  Today was the first day of racing in the Bay and there was a huge number of power boats, sailing boats, hookers, ribs, dinghies and kayaks, all out to view the event. IRCG were operating onshore as Salthill Coast Guard Control .The Doolin Boat assisted a number of boats with  minor troubles such as a rope caught in prop and engine problems. They were tasked to go to the assistance of a boat taking on water and proceeded to the boats location, Costello Coast Guard boat was closer to the distressed vessel and was able to deal with the incident.

Doolin Coast Guard boat  were stood down at 20.00 hours and returned to Doolin.

Incident 18/09

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Callout to Rileys

by Caitriona in  Callouts

Doolin Coast Guard Unit was tasked by MRSC Valentia, at 11.30 to go to the assistance of two surfers at Rileys, South of Dough Mór Bay, along with Kilkee Marine Rescue and the Shannon based Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter.A member of the public called the emergency services from shore when he saw the surfers in difficulty. Doolin Coast Guard Boat launched and proceeded to the scene while members of Doolin Coast Guard went by road, the Doolin D-Class also followed by road. Kilkee Marine Rescue  located the casualties in the water and took them on board , they were then airlifted by Rescue 115 , attended to and taken to Hospital.

The Doolin Coast Guard Boat was stood down as they passed Hags Head and the Doolin D-Class and other team members also returned to base as their assistance was no longer needed.
The Doolin Coast Guard Boat then proceeded to Galway where they were on duty for the Volvo Ocean Race until 20.00

Incident 17/09

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Boat assisted to Galway Harbour

by Caitriona in  Callouts

While on safety duty for the Volvo Ocean Race,the Doolin Coast Guard Boat went to the assistance of a 7.5 mt rigid inflatable boat at 02.00 this morning. The boat had broken down 1 mile east of Salthill , there were 3 persons on board.

The stricken vessel was safely taken on tow to Galway Harbour

Incident 16/09

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Welcoming the Volvo Ocean Race

by Caitriona in  Callouts

volvo-ocean-020Last night, Doolin Coast Guard lit and maintained a watch on a bonfire just north of Doolin Point. This was one of many bonfires lighting all along the Coastline of Galway Bay to welcome the Volvo Ocean Race to Ireland. The first boat, Sony Ericsson 4, rounded the South side of Inis Óirr at 00.15 last night. The boats later entered Galway Docks to a waiting crowd of over 10,000 people.The Green Dragon came in at 04.15 , in 3rd place.

The Doolin Coast Guard Delta was on safety duty since earlier in the evening .

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Casualty transfer from Inis Óirr

by Caitriona in  Callouts

At 14.45 , Doolin Coast Guard were tasked by MRSC Valentia, to arrange an ambulance and to assist with a casualty being transferred from a boat at Doolin Pier to the ambulance. The casualty had sustained a broken leg while on Inis Óirr. A doctor attended to her on the Island and she was then put  on board the Jack B and taken to Doolin. Coast Guard members assisted the ambulance crew at the pier and the casualty was then taken to hospital.

Incident 15/09

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Overdue boat

by Caitriona in  Callouts


Doolin Coast Guard were tasked by MRSC Valentia, to assist flank station, Kilkee Coast Guard Unit, in the search for an overdue boat with one person on board.The 21 ft fibre glass vessel departed Scattery Island bound for Doonbeg at 13.30.

Kilkee Coast Guard Unit and the Shannon based Coast Guard Helicopter were tasked earlier in the day when the vessel was reported overdue and there was concern for the mans safety. There was  a  possible sighting of the boat off Horse Island near Kilbaha at around 16.30.

Doolin Coast Guard members were stood down on route when the vessel arrived shortly after 18.00 at Doonbeg Pier.

Incident 14/09

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