Advertisement For Arc CinemaAdvertisement For Gerry's Fresh FoodsAdvertisement For Toccata House Music SchoolAdvertisement For Floor StyleAdvertisement For Droichead Arts CentreAdvertisement For Smiths Of DroghedaAdvertisement For Fergus O'Dowd TD
Advertisement For Autopoint
Friday, 7th August 2020

Two callouts for Lifeboats and Coastguard

Front Page

The Clogherhead RNLI Shannon Class Lifeboat Michael O'Brien.

The Clogherhead Lifeboat and local Coastguard units have been busy this week with callouts on Tuesday and Wednesday (August 4 and 5).

On Tuesday the Clogherhead lifeboat was launched after the alarm was raised by a man walking on the Headland spotted an upturned kayak and two canoeists in difficulty, and alerted the Coastguard.

The Lifeboat quickly located the casualties three quarters of a mile north of the Headland, one of whom was in the water.

There was a significant swell of over a metre, making it difficult to see the male casualty in the water. There was a force five to six wind blowing offshore, which together with the tide was taking the casualties out to sea.

The rescue was carried out by the lifeboat who took the casualties from the water and brought them to Port Oriel to be taken ashore by Clogherhead Coastguard. The Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 was also in attendance.

The following night, (Wednesday 5 August), both the Clogherhead and Skerries Lifeboats were launched after Dublin Coast Guard received a 999 call from a member of the public reporting a possible fire on board a fishing vessel off Laytown beach shortly before 11.00 pm.

The lifeboats reached either end of Laytown beach at approximately the same time and began a search.

They were soon joined by land based units from Drogheda Coast Guard and Skerries Coast Guard, who made contact with the caller on the beach to gather more information to pass to the lifeboats. Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 and a local fishing vessel also joined the search efforts.

A comprehensive search of the area was carried out, at one point, using white parachute flares to illuminate the search area.

Following confirmation from some local fishermen that all fishing vessels in Balbriggan and Mornington were accounted for and further information from the initial caller relayed by Drogheda Coast Guard, Dublin Coast Guard were satisfied that it was a false alarm made with good intent and all units were stood down and returned to station.

An RNLI spokesperson said: “Thankfully it was a good outcome again this evening, and another great example of how well our flanking stations work together along with the other emergency services. We’d also like to thank the fishermen involved for their assistance.”

Get today's local news straight to your mobile. Download the Drogheda Life App now!

Get it on Google Play

Please support Drogheda Life 

Drogheda Life has brought you the local news every day since February 2012 highlighting the achievements of local individuals, community organisations and businesses.

This is a labour of love but to improve and widen the scope of our service, we are appealing to readers for their support.

If you appreciate what we are doing perhaps you would consider making a financial contribution?

If you value getting your local news on a daily basis from a trustworthy source you can make a regular payment or opt for a one-off donation.

Thank you!

Please support Drogheda Life by taking out a subscription

We are reaching out to Drogheda Life’s readers to seek their financial support so that we can continue delivering the local news every day and providing a platform for discussion of local topics.

As a Drogheda Life subscriber you will be supporting our efforts to bring you the local news on a daily basis and to provide a platform for discussion on local topics and issues of the day

Drogheda Life is here to support the people of the Drogheda area and to publicise their efforts within the community. Please fill in the form now. Thank you.

Donate Now
Advertisement For Arc Cinema
Advertisement For Gerry's Fresh Foods
Advertisement For Toccata House Music School