The newsletter of the S.C.G.S.C.
|Volume 7, Issue 1||2010 Joint S.A.R. Demonstration||June, 2010|
The day kicked off with a briefing held inside the incident command unit. This vechicle was situated on the promanade on the waterfront in cobh. At the briefing the schedule of events as well as operating procedures were discussed. There was quiet a lot of detail to go through. The command center was given the call sign "Exercise Control" for the event and co-ordinated all the activity during the demonstration.
The first exercise of the afternoon was then performed. This was a Man Overboard (MOB) recovery from David Powers yacht MISTRAL. SCGSC Members David Power, Paul Hogan and Eoghan Allen were onboard MISTRAL. Also onboard were Pauls Wife Kelly, son Richard. David's father Willie and brother Brian. SCGSC Members Victor Shine and Michael Collins were on Irish Coastguard duty for the days event. For the MOB exercise a victim (Ian from Crosshaven RNLI) was to fall in the water from MISTRAL. Mistral was unable to recover the victim and issued a request for assistance over VHF to exercise control. Ballycotton RNLI Lifeboat was tasked with recovering the victim and assessing his condition. The victim was then transferred to the Coastguard Helicopter for transfer to hospital. The following sequence of images illustrate this exercise.
The second exercise involved rescuing canoesists in difficulty. Two canoeists were happly paddling around the waterfront in Cobh when they accidently capsized.
The third exercise of the day involved the return of the Air Corps Casa aircraft. This time it was scheduled to do a low pass and drop a lifefaft into the sea. Before this exercise, Exercise Control had to first clear a large area just off the promanade. After all vessels involved in the exercise had cleared the area the Casa approached from the West and dropped the liferaft just off the waterfront in Cobh.
The next demonstration consisted of the MAR (Maritime Ambulance Response) Team. Here there were a number of casualties on board the LE Eithne. The Eithne requested assistance and deployed a RIB to the pier to collect members of the MAR team. They boarded the Eithne to tend to the casualties.
Simultaneously with the MAR Team exercise, another scenario was played out closer to shore. This involved rescuing a person from a Jet Ski. The pilot became seperated from his JetSki and had to call for help. He attracted attention by frantically waving his hands. Exercise Control then tasked the Crosshaven ILB to recover the casualty.
The second last on-the-water demonstration of the day involved a simulated trawler fire. For this exercise a trawler was set on fire (simulated of course by using a smoke machine). The lifeboat rescued the fishermen and the fire fighting capabilities of the Gerry O Sullivan and LE Eithne were demonstrated which would fight the fire in a live situation.
The final display of the day was a pyrotechnic display from the LE Eithne. Members of the Naval Service set demonstated a number of smoke signal an flares.
Finally, the whole event was recorded by RTE for a programme to be aired in the autumn. Details on the programme will be made available closer to the time. A great day was had by all and it was a privilege and experience for the SCGSC to be involved in this joint SAR demonstration. As this event rotates around the country it may be a few years before this demonstration comes back to Cork. Full version of all images shown in this report as well as some others are available through the photo gallery.