Irish Coast Guard saves 20 lives
over August Bank Holiday weekend
MORE than 20 lives were
saved by the Irish Coast Guard over the recent
"exceptionally busy" August Bank Holiday weekend.
The service responded to 90 incidents with a total
of 112 people assisted on the sea, in rivers and
lakes, and on land from August 2 – August 5.
The Irish Coast Guard said the rescue missions,
co-ordinated by its centres in Malin Head, Dublin
and Kerry, managed to save 20 people who were "in
serious danger of losing their lives".
The Irish Coast Guard helicopter was called to a
rescue at Malin Head on 02 August 2019.
included one long-range medical evacuation from a
vessel 170 miles off the south coast.
Other casualties included hill walkers and people
who got into difficulty along the coast and on
The Coast Guard said it believed that had it not
been for its interventions, 20 individuals had been
in serious danger of losing their lives or faced
prolonged hospitalisation last weekend.
Irish Coast Guard Search and Rescue Operations
manager Derek Flanagan said:
“The advice of the Coast Guard is simple, stay
afloat and stay in contact.”
The service can be contacted on VHF channel 16 or by
dialling 999 or 112 and asking for the Coast Guard.