Galway Bay

  • Almost 150 swimmers will take the plunge today for the Galway Bay Swim.

    It'll start from Auginish in County Clare and competitors will swim around 13 kilometres to Blackrock Diving Tower in Salthill.

    The money raised will go towards the Cancer Care West charity.

    Galway Bay Swim Founder Kevin Thornton says Blackrock will be the best vantage point for spectators.

  • A body has been found in a search for a missing swimmer in Galway Bay.

    The Coast Guard helicopter based in Shannon (R115) spotted a body on the seabed in shallow water offshore at approximately 10:15am this morning, as part of the on-going search for a missing swimmer off Salthill. The body was recovered into the Galway Inshore Life boat for transfer to Galway University Hospital to facilitate identification procedures.

    Conditions for searching at the time were very good with excellent sub surface visibility leading to the successful search and recovery. Search units involved included Coast Guard, RNLI, An Garda Síochána and Civil defence teams on the water and volunteer divers provide by the CFT (Irish Underwater Council), with Coast Guard shore search units working with An Garda Síochána also. The maritime search was co-ordinated by Valentia Coast Guard Coordination Centre.

    Pending formal identification the search will be stood down.

    The 40-year-old man got into difficulty in the sea at Blackrock in Salthill just before 5 o’clock yesterday evening.



  • A man has died after an accident on a fishing boat in Galway Bay earlier today.


    He was taken from the vessel by the RNLI in an unresponsive condition this afternoon between Blackrock and Silverstrand.


    Paramedics met him at Galway Docks and rushed him to University Hospital Galway, where he was pronounced dead.


    Gardaí have notified the Health and Safety Authority of a workplace accident.

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    Galway RNLI Lifeboat rescued a man who got into difficulty after his dinghy capsized on Galway Bay this afternoon.

    The incident happened off Hare Island shortly before 1pm.

    A member of the public saw the man was unable to right the 15 foot vessel and notified the Irish Coastguard who requested the assistance of the RNLI lifeboat.

    Galway Lifeboat launched from Galway Docks at 1.15pm and located the man as he was swimming towards the shore.

    He was cold and shook and the Lifeboat crew brought him to the station and administered first aid. He recovered a short time later and did not need to be hospitalized.

    The Lifeboat retrieved the dinghy and towed it safely back to Galway Docks, ending the rescue operation at 2.15pm.

    The volunteer Lifeboat crew on this callout were Dave Oliver, John O’Sullivan, Ros Forde and Kenneth Kitterick.  

    Deputy Launch Authority Barry Heskin advises members of the public to dress adequately for the weather conditions and to always notify a family member or friends of expected time of arrival.

  • A man was rescued by Galway RNLI Lifeboat today after he got caught in the rising tide while out walking at Ballyloughan Beach, Renmore, on the eastern side of Galway city.

    The man took refuge on Hare Island after getting cut off from the shore at about 11am. A member of the public noticed that he was in difficulty and contacted the Coast Guard for help. 

    Galway Lifeboat launched within minutes and on reaching the island took the man safely on board, bringing him back to  Galway Docks. He did not require medical attention.

    Mike Swan, Galway Lifeboat Launch Authority is urging the public to be aware of the tide times and to take extra care when out walking the coastal areas around the bay.

    The crew on this callout were Helmsman Declan Killilea, Stefanie Carr, Greg Cullen and Olivia Byrne.


  • Three young German tourists were rescued from Hare Island on Galway Bay this afternoon  by the Galway RNLI Lifeboat.

    The three students got trapped on the island after the tide came in shortly before 12.30pm.

    A person on the shore spotted the tourists in difficulty and rang 999.

    Galway Lifeboat was tasked to the scene and arrived within ten minutes.

    The three young German students were completely surrounded by water and were assisted into the lifeboat by the RNLI volunteer crew. They were transported back to Galway Docks in the city, where they were staying.

    An RNLI spokesperson said they did not require medical assistance.