by Caitriona in General/Notices
Doolin Coast Guard boats and crew went to Inis Oirr as part of the Plassy 50th Anniversary Commemorative Festival.The team members demonstrated some of the climbing gear. The Shannon Coast Guard helicopter landed on the Island and local children were given a tour of the helicopter by the crew.
The Aran Islands Lifeboat was also present and an exercise was carried out by all three rescue services, two Doolin Coast Guard crew members were winched from the Aran Islands Lifeboat to the Helicopter and back onto the boat again.
At 12.30, while Doolin Coast Guard boats were launching they went to the assistance of a 5.5 meter pleasure fishing boat.While approaching Doolin Pier the boat took a wrong approach and headed for rocks and shallow water .The boat clipped it’s prop and listed .The D-Class boat crew went to their assistance and advised on a safe approach into Doolin Pier. The boat was not damaged.
by Caitriona in General/Notices
Plassy 50th Anniversary Commemorative Festival.
50 Years ago ,early on the morning of the 8th March 1960, the Plassy went aground on the Carraig na Finnise reef off Inis Oirr. All 11 crew were rescued by the Islanders and the Coast Rescue Service using ropes and a Breeches Buoy in rough conditions. The ship was moved in subsequent storms onto the Island itself.
The official opening of the commemorative events began last night on Inis Oirr with the exhibition of photographs of the rescue taken by John Messenger, a photographer who was staying on the Island at the time.
The last surviving member of crew , Mike Tobin, was present , and spoke about the rescue. He demonstrated getting into the Breeches Buoy that took him from the ship onto shore 50 years ago.
A TG4 documentary film on the Plassy was also shown in Aras Eanna.
May 28th and 29th
Doolin Coast Guard Unit was tasked to provide a safety boat for a festival in Ballyvaughan. Much of the festivals activities were based on the waterfront. Over the weekend the tall ship the “Bessie Ellen” was to dock at Ballyvaughan. The Doolin Coast Guard Delta boat proceeded from Doolin to Ballyvaughan for it’s arrival. Later in the evening the D-Class was taken by road to Ballyvaughan and remained there with crew in case needed.
Doolin Coast Guard Unit was tasked to search for a person believed to be in the area.Coast Guard members and the Ennistymon Gardaí searched shores North of Doolin, the Delta boat was also launched to search. The missing person was located safe and well and team members stood down.
At 21.57 Doolin Coast Guard was tasked by MRCC Valentia , in response to a call from a member of the puplic. The incident was reported as a hot air balloon in the water off Fanore Beach. The team assembled and the Delta was launched and went North along the coast to Fanore. Other team members went by road along the coast and kept watch see-ward. After arriving on scene and doing a search with very good visibility nothing was found and the Doolin Delta returned to base.
Having just recovered the Delta at Doolin Pier , Doolin Coast Guard was tasked again by MRCC , Valentia to investigate a report of five flares seen on the South side of Liscannor Bay in the Spanish Point direction. Delta crew re-launched the boat immediately and proceeded South to location off Spanish Point. Teams members also went by road along the coastline. Nothing was found , all teams returned to base and team stood down.
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