Callout 13/08/2012

Howth RNLI Assisting Skerries RNLI in Coastal Search


On Monday evening the 13 August 2012, a number of the Skerries RNLI Volunteer crew were undergoing Assessment by the RNLI Divisional Trainer/Assessor. At approximately 19.00, Skerries RNLI received a request to assist from Dublin Coastguard. The RNLI Lifeboat crew who were in the middle of their assessments and examinations launched and proceeded to the co-ordinates given by the Coast Guard. The report from the Coastguard indicated a call in reporting a sighting of an upturned boat in the water off Gormanstown, Co. Meath. The Coast Guard also launched the Search and Rescue Helicopter which started an airborne search off the coast from Skerries to north of Balbriggan.

Shortly after, the Trent Lifeboat from Howth, which was out on crew exercise at the time, proceeded to Skerries and joined in the search. The Skerries Inshore Lifeboat, along with the Trent Lifeboat from Howth, commenced a thorough grid search at sea with the Helicopter searching from the air.

At 20.00 no craft could be found in the water and the Coastguard called off the search. Howth RNLI Lifeboat returned to station and Skerries RNLI volunteer crew recommenced their examinations and assessments.