Browsing articles from "January, 2014"

Search for cargo hatches

by Caitriona in  Callouts


Doolin Coast Guard team was tasked by MRSC, Valentia , to search for 2 of 4 cargo hatches that had come loose from  cargo ship, the Abis Belfast,  off the South Sound early on Monday morning due to high seas. The hatches are 11 metres by 4 metres in size and are made of steel and were a danger to navigation. Two of the hatches came ashore near Kilkee early on Friday morning . Nothing was found and Doolin Coast Guard team stood down having carried out searches from Quilty to Blackhead.

Incident 07/14


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Kidding Around

by Caitriona in  Callouts


Doolin Coast members were at their base from this morning washing all the climbing ropes , harness’s , climbing equipment and torches that had been used on the previous nights callout. While there , the team was tasked to investigate a report of a goat that had been stuck on a cliff face over a few days. Some team members went to the location on the top of Blackhead mountain . Some members stayed below the cliff , while others stayed above the goats position, they discovered that she was minding her kid and was able to get down from her position .

Incident 06/14

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Recovery from Aill na Searrach

by Caitriona in  Callouts


Doolin Coast Guard team was tasked at about 16.00 yesterday evening by MRSC, Valentia. Members of the public reported a person had fallen from the cliffs North of O’Briens Tower ,  Cliffs of Moher.  Rescue 115 was tasked . The casualty was seen on the shore south of Aill na Searrach. Rescue 115 assessed the situation and it was not possible to attempt to winch due to proximity to the cliffs. All equipment was transported through fields to the climbing area with the quad bike and trailer.  The climbing system was set up and 6 climbers in total descended to the base of the cliffs and located the body. Members of Killkee Coast Guard had also been tasked to assist in the hauling operation . The body was recovered to the top of the cliff . The whole operation took over 7 hours in difficult conditions.

Incident 05/14


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Continued search for angler

by Caitriona in  Callouts


Doolin Coast Guard carried out searches of the coastline from Ballyreen to Traught Beach on the 21st day since the Latvian angler was washed into the sea at Blackhead.

Nothing was found.

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by Caitriona in  Callouts


Doolin Coast Guard members were on duty at Doolin and Lahinch from early morning until 22.30 . There was extensive damage done again over night and early in the morning . Large crowds gathered last night to watch the high waves breaking in Lahinch. Coast Guard members and Clare Civil Defence were present until crowds left.

Doolin Coast Guard teams current building and base suffered further storm and flood damage.


Incident 04/14

Storm and evacuations

by Caitriona in  Callouts


Early this morning , Doolin Coast Guard team was tasked by MRSC Valentia to assist with evacuations at Lahinch . Team members assembled at various locations in Lahinch and assisted the Ennistymon Fire and Rescue Service and Clare County Council with traffic diversions due to impassable roads. Other members were sent to Quilty to assist with other storm  related incidents and later to Doolin where the team spent the day clearing debris, salvaging equipment  and repairing the damage done to the current Doolin Coast Guard Rescue Centre.

Incident 03/14


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