Browsing articles from "August, 2012"

Small Fishing Vessel swamped

by Caitriona in  Callouts

Just as the Doolin Coast Guard boats were assisting the dive boat with the recovery of the two fishermen they were alerted by the Kilkee Marine Rescue Jet Ski that a small boat had been swamped at Freagh Pt, with 3 persons aboard.They were wearing lifejackets , only 2 activated and all three  made it ashore . The two Doolin boats and the Aran Islands Lifeboat rushed to the scene. Land search Coast Guard members went to the scene .The three people could be accessed from shore and they were taken to Whitestrand by a Coast Guard team .One casualty was administered oxygen by the Garda Divers who were still on scene from the earlier search. The HSE Ambulance then took him to hospital. The North Clare Red Cross were also tasked by Coast Guard to assist with the casulaties ashore if needed. The boat had sunk close to rocks with a large swell running in and was vertical in the water with only the bow visible out of the water. Attempts to tow the boat away failed when the boats ropes broke under pressure. The boat was later tossed ashore upright onto rocks.

Incident 27/12

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Fishermen Recovered

by Caitriona in  Callouts

Following a search that began early this morning , the bodies of the two Quilty fisherman from the Lady Eileen were recovered by divers from the boat. Local fishing trawlers worked for a number of hours hauling nets from the sunken boat to make it as safe as possible for divers. Rescue 117 , the Waterford based Coast Guard Helicopter assisted with the search in the morning. The Garda Divers had travelled to Clare and were ready to dive when the bodies were recovered by local divers. The Aran Islands Lifeboat, Killaloe Coast Guard and Kilkee Coast Guard Units assisted today as well as Kilkee Marine Rescue and many local boats.

Irish Coast Guard staff from the Malin Division were on the way with Side Sonar equipment to assist in the search while Killaloe Coast Gaurd Unit had taken their ROV ,  ( underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle )

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Swimmer missing

by Caitriona in  Callouts

Doolin Coast team  was tasked by MRSC, Valentia, late in the evening in response to a report of missing swimmer in the Doolin area . The area was searched and nothing found. The call was later deemed to be a hoax call as the caller was not in the area as reported in call.

The team continued on to proceed to the second call out

Incident 26/12

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Search for Fishing Vessel

by Caitriona in  Callouts

Doolin Coast Guard was tasked by MRSC , Valentia, just before 21.00 to search for a fishing vessel, the Lady Eileen. The boat was overdue at it’s home port of Quilty with 2 people onboard.The Coast Guard Delta was launched and proceeded to an area where the boat been seen earlier in the day, off Hags Head. The Delta then carried on towards Green Island and on to Quilty and Spanish Pt.  The Shannon based Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter was tasked , along with the Aran Islands Lifeboat , Kilkee Coast Guard and Kilkee Marine Rescue.Other Doolin Coast Guard team members  went by road to search piers along the coast and also carried out searches from shore using  para illuminating flares to light up large areas. The Sligo based rescue helicopter, Rescue 118 joined in the search after the Shannon helicopter was tasked to another incident off Cork.

searches will resume early in the morning

Incident 25/12


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Man rescued off Mutton Island

by Caitriona in  Callouts


Doolin Coast Guard was tasked just after 18.00 to assist in the search for an overdue dive boat with one person on board.The boat was en route from Quilty to Doonbeg pier . The Shannon Coast Guard rescue helicopter was also tasked, along with Kilkee Coast Guard Unit and Kilkee Marine Rescue. Doolin Coast Guard team members searched piers in the area and also searched the coast line. The Doolin D Class boat was launched from Dough Mór beach and commenced a search of that area and on to Doonbeg Pier.The Doolin Coast Guard Delta launched from Doolin, searching for the RIB on the way  , as they were coming around Mutton Island, the boat crew saw the man waving from a large rock just off the south side of the Island. They were able to speak to him until the Coast guard helicopter  returned and winched the casualty onboard the helicopter. The man had been thrown from the RIB when a wave hit it and he had managed to swim 500 metres to the rocks  .He was taken to Shannon where an ambulance was waiting. The missing boat was later seen by a another boat in a cave on the southern side of Mutton Island. The boat was recovered from the cave by the Coast Guard D-Class and then taken on tow back to Quity pier by the Doolin Coast Guard Delta boat.

incident 24/12


  • Seawolf:

    Thanks to Doolin Coast Guard and the Shannon Coast Guard helicopter for answering my hails yesterday and the helipcopter for picking me up of the pinnacle off south side Mutton. I really did not fancy spending the night on it. :-) No hospital treatment required. Fortunately, I was well prepared, a good warm drysuit, lifejacket and the deadmans activated to kill the engine. Alas, the drysuit also hindered efforts to return back on board the craft in that strong SWesterly.
    Thanks to all theSearch & Recovery teams involved im my rescue and naturally to members of Limerick Sub Aqua who made th at vital call when I was over due. Thankfully, the boat has been recovered.

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Cream Pt.

by Caitriona in  Callouts

Doolin Coast Guard team was tasked at 19.26 by MRSC, Valentia, to assist the HSE Ambulance crew with an incident at Cream Pt. near Miltown Malbay. A lady had fallen and sustained an injury while walking near the coast line. The Shannon based Coast Guard helicopter landed at the scene and the casualty was stretchered to the helicopter and taken to hospital.

Incident 23/12

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