• The Aran Islands RNLI volunteer crew was called out on Saturday evening last, to come to the aid of a sailor whose yacht got into difficulty.

    The all-weather lifeboat was launched at about 5.30pm Saturday evening, as a yacht with one person onboard experienced engine difficulty north-east of Straw Island.

    Once alongside the yacht, the lifeboat crew established a tow line and towed the yacht back to Kilronan Harbour.

    Aran Islands RNLI coxswain Tommy Dirrane is urging anyone planning a trip at sea to always wear a lifejacket, carry a mobile phone or means of communication, and let someone ashore know where you're going and when you're due back.


  • Ballyglass RNLI volunteers yesterday safely rescued three fishermen who had got into difficulty almost 40 miles off the north Mayo coastline. The crew spent eleven and a half hours at sea to rescue the men and their boat.

    The Ballyglass RNLI lifeboat crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 4am yesterday morning (Monday 3 December) following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to go to the aid of three fishermen onboard a 10m vessel that had got into difficulty about  38 miles from Ballyglass.

    The lifeboat under Coxswain James Mangan and with four crew members onboard, launched immediately into the darkness and made its way to the scene and into Donegal Bay.

    The fishing boat had got into difficulty when it fouled its propeller.

     Weather conditions at the time were good and when the lifeboat crew arrived on scene they assessed that all onboard were safe and well before working with the fishermen to establish a towline and then begin the slow journey to Killybegs where they arrived at 10.30am.

     Following a short break, the lifeboat crew then began the return journey back to Ballyglass, arriving at the lifeboat station and preparing the lifeboat for service again at 3.30pm.

     Speaking following the call out, Padraic Sheeran, Ballyglass RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘The fishermen did the right thing -raising the alarm when they got into trouble".



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  • Ballyglass RNLI assisted in a rescue yesterday afternoon after a cruiser with 3 people on board got into difficulty off the north Mayo coast.

    The lifeboat was launched just before 1pm yesterday to assist those on board a 28 foot cruiser. There was a problem with the vessel’s propellor.

     Ballyglass RNLI towed the cruiser to safe anchorage  in Ballyglass in difficult sea conditions.

     No one was injured in the incident.

  • Clifden RNLI rescued a sailor on a yacht that got into difficulty off the Connemara coast yesterday afternoon.

    The Irish Coast Guard received a report shortly after 3pm that a 36ft yacht was in difficulty somewhere between Cleggan and Inishbofin Island.

    The Clifden RNLI inshore lifeboat and the station's all-weather lifeboat were launched in fair weather conditions.

    The inshore lifeboat arrived on scene first, about 10 miles from Clifden.

    The crew checked that the one man onboard the yacht was safe and well, and a crew member stayed on the yacht to set up a tow, which was then passed from the inshore lifeboat to the all-weather lifeboat and the yacht was towed safely back to shore.

    Clifden RNLI Coxswain John Mullen commended the sailor for raising the alarm when he got into difficulty and wished him a safe onward journey.


  • The father and son who rescued two paddleboarders last month have saved another life after plucking a man from the water in Galway yesterday morning.


    Patrick Oliver and his 18-year old son Morgan were hailed for their role in saving two cousins in Galway Bay last month.


    Sara Feeney and Ellen Glynn drifted for 15 hours overnight after being swept out to sea in a storm but were rescued after the fisherman and his teenage son correctly worked out where they might be near the Aran Islands.


    Now the father and son have been hailed heroes again after rescuing a Fishermen who found paddleboarders involved in another rescue in Galwayman who was spotted in the water in the River Corrib around 9am yesterday morning.


    The alarm was raised by a pedestrian who saw the man in the water where the river meets the sea near the Claddagh.


    Galway RNLI and members of Galway Fire Brigade rushed to the scene, while fishing and leisure vessels in the area also responded.


    The Olivers, who were on their way out to sea in their fishing boat, turned back.

    They managed to reach the man and take him from the water close to Nimmo’s Pier before he was swept out to sea.


    The man was taken to University College Hospital. His condition has not been established.


    Last month the Olivers shot to fame when they correctly worked out using tidal and weather information where the paddleboard cousins might have drifted.

    They located them clinging to a lobster pot buoy south of the Aran Islands, almost 20 miles from where they had entered the sea in Furbo.


    The cousins went missing when they went paddleboarding at Furbo on the evening of August 12 and were rescued after a large scale search of the bay by the Olivers.


    Patrick’s brother David was also involved in a rescue in Galway on August 22 when he was part of a crew which helped save a kite surfer from England who got into difficulty in the bay.


  • Five crew members on board a fishing vessel which got into difficulty off Erris Head in north Mayo earlier this week were brought to safety by the Ballyglass RNLI lifeboat crew.

    The all-weather lifeboat was launched at about 10pm on Tuesday night at the request of the Irish Coast Guard, and went to the aid of five fishermen whose vessel was in difficulty about 25 nautical miles north of Erris Head.

    The skipper had called the Coast Guard when a rope had fouled the propeller making it impossible for them to proceed. There was a strong north-westerly wind and poor visibility making for challenging conditions for both lifeboat and the casualty vessel.

    Once on scene, the lifeboat crew set up tow ropes to bring the crabber and her five crew safely home to Ballyglass pier in darkness, returning to the harbour just after daybreak.

    The lifeboat was then refuelled, washed down and was back on her mooring by 8.30am, after which the volunteer crew then departed for their day jobs.

    James Mangan, Ballyglass RNLI Coxswain said there was a great  response by so many of the voluteer crew who showed up at such a late hour on a wild night, and said "it's a testament to their dedication and training that a successful rescue was carried out under challenging conditions".


  • Tributes have been paid to five Galway teenagers who rescued a man from the river Corrib during the Macnas parade in Galway on Sunday evening.

    14-year old Seán Oliver and four of his teenage friends pulled the man from the fast flowing waters shortly after 6pm as thousands of people had gathered for the Halloween street festival.

    The teenagers, who have sought to play down their actions, were in a rigid inflatable boat (Rib) and en route to tie up and watch the parade at the time.

    Seán Oliver is a trained boat handler and has been a member of Galway Sea Scouts.

    His uncle Dave Oliver, who works with the Galway Fire Service and is an RNLI lifeboat coxswain, had just come off duty when he was alerted to a man in the water.

    Mr Oliver ran down towards the pier and called out to his nephew in the Rib.

    He said it was dark, and they found it difficult to see the man at first, but then managed to haul him into their boat.

    Galway Fire Brigade and ambulance personnel were at the scene within minutes.

    The man was given emergency medical treatment and taken by ambulance to University Hospital Galway, where he has made a recovery.





  • Galway RNLI Lifeboat  was called to rescue a person who entered the water at O’Brien’s Bridge in Galway city yesterday(Mon).

    The gardai, ambulance crew and the Fire Brigade’s River Rescue all attended the scene just before 2pm.

    The person was taken from the water further downstream at Wolfe Tone Bridge by the fire brigade crew and brought to Galway University Hospital.

    The Galway RNLI Lifeboat crew had a busy few days, as on Saturday last they rescued four people who became trapped in the rising tide between Hare Island and Ballyloughan Beach on the east side of Galway city.

    The group were walking back from Hare Island at about 4.30 pm on Saturday - unaware of the dangers of crossing the causeway on a flood tide. A member of the public spotted the group in difficulty and dialled 999. One of the group was ahead of the others and was in water up to his chest while the other three were in water almost up to their hips and straying dangerously away from the causeway. 

    The Irish Coastguard requested the immediate assistance of Galway Lifeboat who launched form Galway Docks at 4.37pm, arriving at the scene within minutes. Two Lifeguards working at Ballyloughan Beach also assisted in the rescue, relaying information to the Coastguard and crew. The lifeboat crew plucked the four people out of the water and transported them back to Galway Docks lifeboat station. They did not require medical assistance.

    The two men and two women who were in their mid- twenties are not from the local area. Mike Swan, Galway Lifeboat Operations Manager, says the group did not realise the danger they were in. He is urging visitors to pay heed to signposts and warnings about tides when visiting Galway’s beaches and waterways this summer and always.

  • A man whose yacht got into difficulty on Galway Bay this morning  has been rescued by the Galway RNLI Lifeboat.

    The yacht was sailing from Barna to Ballyvaughan when the forestay (stay) broke and the mast crashed onto the deck.

    The man, who was alone on the yacht, contacted the Coast Guard who sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat at about 9.27am.

    The Lifeboat launched from Galway Docks within minutes and located the yacht  off Furbo.

    The lifeboat crew took the man on board and towed the yacht to Spiddal.



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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.


  • A swimmer has been airlifted to safety in County Sligo.

    It happened yesterday afternoon when he was spotted in difficulty near Rosses Point. 

    Irish Coast Guard Search and Rescue Operations Manager Gerard O'Flynn says it underlines the importance of being alert at sea.Sw

  • Three people were rescued after their yacht caught fire off the Connemara coast this afternoon.

    The three were forced to abandon ship and take to a life raft after the fire broke out on the yacht about 2 miles west of Mace Head shortly before 3pm.

    They managed to raise the alarm and the Coast Guard Rescue helicopter from Shannon was tasked, while the Clifden and Aran Islands RNLI crews also rushed to the scene.

    Fishing vessels and other leisure craft in the area were also alerted and the three people were rescued by a fishing trawler, which came to their aid near Carna.

    They were taken on board the trawler and Rescue 115 helicopter was stood down along with the RNLI crew from the Aran Islands.

    The stricken vessel was towed ashore.

    None of the three people on board the yacht are believed to have suffered any injuries.

    They were taken ashore at Roundstone by the local fishing trawler which had come to their aid.


  • Three teenage boys were rescued after being swept into the sea at Easkey, Co Sligo earlier this week.

    The incident occurred on Monday evening when the three boys, all from the locality, were swept off the pier in high waves.

    Luckily for them, local surfer Zoe Lally spotted them in difficulty and sprang into action.

    Zoe is Development Officer with Irish Surfing, which is based in Easkey, and a keen surfer herself.

    She happened to be close to the pier when the teenagers were swept into the sea in what she described as very dangerous conditions.

    With the aid of lifebuoys, she managed to pull two of the teenagers to safety from the pier. However, the third boy was drifting out to sea in the current.

    Zoe jumped into the water and swam out to him, but couldn't return to the pier due to the high waves.

    She managed to bring him to safety further along the coast, and all three teenagers were then airlifted by helicopter to Sligo University Hospital.

    It's understood they returned home later on Monday night.

    Speaking to Midwest News today, Zoe Lally said she's still in shock but was glad to have been in the area at the time to assist the teenagers.

    However, she warned of the dangers of being down at the pier when the surf is high.

  • The Ballyglass RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch yesterday afternoon by the Irish Coast Guard to go to the assistance of 2 people on a jet ski in difficulty between Doolough and Claggan in Blacksod Bay. 

    The volunteer lifeboat crew launched the lifeboat from Shore Road Belmullet within 10 minutes, and were on the scene within half an hour in favourable conditions.

    Malin Head Coast Guard had been contacted when a jet ski capsized.

    A rigid inflatable power boat in the area had taken the casualties aboard until the lifeboat arrived. Once on scene, the lifeboat crew took the uninjured jet ski crew aboard and proceeded to bring them safely to land at Doolough. 

    No medical assistance was required.

    The Ballyglass Coast Guard unit was also tasked to assist.


  • Volunteers from Clifden RNLI rescued a bull who fell from a steep cliff yesterday evening (Saturday 22 December).

    At 5pm, Clifden RNLI’s Deputy Launching Authority Saul Joyce requested the station’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat to launch to assist a local farmer whose bull had slipped down a steep cliff and become stuck on the shoreline below.

    The area was inaccessible by road and difficult to access on foot. The farmer along with three members of the public and the local vet were on scene. 

    The lifeboat helmed by Alan Pryce and with crew members Thomas Davis, Daniel Whelan and Ian Shanahan onboard, launched immediately and attended the scene approximately half mile from the station.

    The weather conditions at the time were favourable with a light westerly force 1-2 breeze. The sea was flat calm and it was high tide.

    Crew member Thomas Davis was put ashore to assist the farmer and vet and a plan was put in place where a bridle or halter was attached to the animal and passed to the lifeboat.

    Under the instruction of the vet and farmer, the lifeboat gently made way astern and used the tension on the line to guide the animal off the dangerous rocks into the water.

    The lifeboat crew then guided the bull as it swam to a nearby beach where it made its way up the shore to safety. 

    The lifeboat stood by until all parties were safely away from the cliffs and water and then returned to base.


  • A woman who rescued three teenage boys from the sea at Easkey, Co Sligo earlier this week has advised people to enjoy their local beaches, lakes and rivers, but always be aware of water safety.

    On Monday evening, three teenagers were swept off the pier by high waves at Easkey.

    Luckily for them, local surfer Zoe Lally spotted them in difficulty and sprang into action.

    Zoe is Development Officer with Irish Surfing, which is based in Easkey, and a keen surfer herself.

    She happened to be close to the pier when the teenagers were swept into the sea in what she described as dangerous conditions.

    With the aid of lifebuoys, she managed to pull two of the teenagers to safety from the pier, but had to jump into the sea and swim out to the third boy to bring him to safety.

    All three teenagers were then airlifted by helicopter to Sligo University Hospital, and it's understood they returned home later on Monday night.

    Speaking to Midwest News, Zoe Lally described conditions at the pier in Easkey when the incident occurred on Monday evening....