Sunday, 09 September 2012 19:30
Five brought to safety in Dublin Bay search operation
RNLI lifeboats from Dun Laoghaire and Howth together with the Irish Coastguard helicopter Rescue 116 from Dublin Airport were involved in a two-hour operation on Dublin Bay on Saturday afternoon (8th Spetember 2012) after a number of competitors in a coastal rowing event experienced difficulties between the Burford and Kish banks.
The incident occured at 1705 when the Marine Rescue Co-Ordination Centre (MRCC) Dublin received a report from R-116 and the All-Weather lifeboat (ALB) at Dun Laoghaire was tasked to assist one rowing skiff with five persons on-board. The crew of the skiff was taken on-board the lifeboat at 1725 and the boat placed under tow. Weather conditions were fine with good visibility but a southerly Force 5 breeze made for wet and uncomfortable conditions.
Concern that other skiffs may also be in difficulty led to the launch of Howth ALB that acted as on-scene co-ordinator for a search involving both lifeboats and helicopter until one un-accounted for skiff had been located. Pilot boats from Dublin Port also took part in the operation and towed one skiff to Dun Laoghaire. HSE Ambulance crews attended in Dun Laoghaire along with the Dun Laoghaire Coastguard Unit. Nobody required hospital attention.
You can receive alerts directly to your own PC desktop whenever the lifeboat launches on a rescue. The RNLI has a unique 'Virtual Pager' that will tell you whenever a station's crew has received a call on their own paging system.
For operational reasons, there is a delay of several minutes between the the real pager alert and the Virtual Pager going off. We also ask you not to go to the station while an operation is in progress. Click here for more details.