Accidents At Sea
In the event of vessels or individuals
getting into difficulties in Irish waters, the Irish Coast Guard
is the service responsible for the initiation and co-ordination
of search and rescue operations. The Coast Guard also
co-ordinates the response to persons at risk of death or injury
on the cliffs or shoreline of the Republic of Ireland.
Search and rescue operations are
co-ordinated from one of the three Coast Guard rescue centres at
Dublin, Valentia and Malin Head.
Depending on the gravity of the situation
the Coast Guard will deploy Coast Guard helicopters, RNLI
lifeboats, Coast Guard Units and Community Rescue boats. If
required, additional resources will be requested from the naval
service, Air Corps, vessels at sea, Garda Water Unit, air
traffic services, fire brigade and Civil Defence.
What to do in
the event of an emergency.
notice that somebody is in difficulty in the water (e.g. sea,
river, lake, or cliffs), dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast
Guard. The service is free. Please do not leave it for another
person to call.