Skerries RNLI in joint search after distress flares sighted

Skerries RNLI USing Searchlights

Skerries RNLI along with Clogherhead RNLI and coast guard helicopter R116 carried out a search of an area off Gormanston last night (Tuesday 10 September) after reported sightings of distress flares in the area.

The volunteer crew launched their inshore lifeboat shortly after 8.30pm with Conor Walsh as Helm and crew members Peter Kennedy, Stephen Crowley and Laura Boylan also on board. Dublin Coast Guard requested the lifeboat to launch after receiving a number of reports of distress flares in the vicinity of the Gormanston area.

The lifeboat proceeded directly to the area indicated by Dublin Coast Guard. Conditions on the night were calm with a force 1 to 2 North by North West wind. Clogherhead RNLI and coast guard helicopter R116 were also tasked with the former being assigned the role of on scene coordinator for the search.

Working together the two lifeboats and the helicopter conducted an extensive search of the area. Just after 9.30pm Dublin Coast Guard declared that they were satisfied the area had been searched thoroughly and with nothing found all units were stood down to return to base.

This is the second time in less than a month that Skerries RNLI responded to reports of distress flares. On the 14 August Skerries RNLI launched to similar reports of flares north of Balbriggan.

Speaking after the call out, Conor Walsh, Skerries RNLI Helm said: ’Working together with Clogherhead lifeboat and the coast guard helicopter we were able to cover a large search area quickly. Distress flares are an important piece of safety equipment and are a very effective way of calling for help. Thankfully on this occasion no lives were in danger’