Browsing articles from "September, 2011"

Capsized boat

by Caitriona in  Callouts

While on an ongoing search the team was tasked to an overturned boat off Finavarra, North of Ballyvaughan.MRSC reported two persons in the water and unable to right their vessel. The Shannon based Coast Guard Rescue helicopter was also on the search at the Cliffs of Moher along with Doolin Coast Guard and was tasked to assist the overturned craft. Coast Guard members returned to base in Doolin to launch the boat. The helicopter winched the 2 crew from the water to safety.They were treated for hypothermia and taken to hospital. On arrival on scene , the Doolin Coast Guard boat then righted the sailing vessel and towed it back to Ballyvaughan Pier.

Incident 40/11

Click here to leave a Comment about 'Capsized boat'

Missing Person

by Caitriona in  Callouts

Doolin Coast Guard was tasked by MRSC Valentia, this evening to assist Ennistymon Gardaí in the search for a missing person.The Shannon based Coast Guard helicopter,  Rescue 115 , was also tasked . The team assembled at the Cliffs of Moher and deployed search teams from there, covering the coast line north and south of the area.The SARDA search dog with Doolin Coast Unit searched inland areas.

Search will resume in the morning.

Incident 39/11

Day 2

The search resumed early in the morning with shore teams , SARDA Dog team, and  the Shannon Coast Guard Helicopter. The Doolin Coast Guard boat was launched and searched along the coast. Members of Kilkee and Killaloe Coast Guard Teams assisted. Teams stood down at 19.00

Day 3, 4,5

Searches along shore and from cliff top continued. The Shannon Coast Guard rescue Helicopter assisted.

Day 6

Searches commenced in the morning. By late morning , the body of the missing person was seen in the water below the Cliffs of Moher. Coast Guard members launched the boat and recovered the body.


Click here to leave a Comment about 'Missing Person'

Boat monitored

by Caitriona in  Callouts


During bad weather with rough seas today, Inis Oírr Coast Guard members became concerned when a small RIB with 4 persons on board, was seen en-route from Inis Mór to Doolin. Members watched the boats progress and contacted Doolin Coast Guard who investigated from shore.Doolin Coast Guard members checked piers and harbours in Doolin and Liscannor . The boat came in to Doolin but  it was not possible to recover at the pier due to rough conditions. Two of the boats crew were put ashore and they drove their car and trailer to Ballyvaughan while the boat made it’s way by sea. . Coast Guard members went to Ballyvaughan to await their safe arrival. They recovered the boat in Ballyvaughan at the sheltered pier.

Incident 38/11

Click here to leave a Comment about 'Boat monitored'

Cave Diver

by Caitriona in  Media

Members of Doolin Coast Guard attended an incident to assist ICRO in the search for a missing cave diver at Kiltartan , 3.5 km north of Gort.The experienced Polish cave diver was reported as overdue from the dive by colleagues when he failed to surface from the cave that was completely filled with water.

Divers worked through the evening leaving diving bottles further down the cave in preparation for another diver who would complete the dive to the bottom. It was initially thought that the missing diver might have gotten into some difficulty but found an air pocket somewhere in the cave . The search diver located the mans body 52m down and 800m into Pollonora.

Specialist divers came from the UK  to recover the mans body to the surface.


Click here to leave a Comment about 'Cave Diver'

Recent Comments

  • Tony Hughes: A Massive Thank you to all your team members for your rapid response today @ Aill na Searrach
  • Mary.: Sincere thanks for your extreme kindness and care shown to me, the person involved in this accident and may I...
  • Orla: Thank you so much to Caitriona, Tom, Brian and new members for the wonderful tour and warm welcome to your...
  • John: Very nice to read this poem , regards to all at Doolin CG, from John Toe Head-Glandore CG
  • Joan Reilly: To the men and women of the Doolin Coastguard, thank you for all your dedicated, unselfish hard work....


This is the 'weBlog' of the Doolin voluntary unit, views expressed are the personal views of a team member/s. For official information please visit

Website by Ian Lambe