Crosshaven Unit

Coast Guard Station Crosshaven
Image ©2024

The Crosshaven Coast Guard station is located behind the Crosshaven Garda Station, directly opposite the Royal Cork Yacht Club main entrance gate. This new €1.6 million OPW funded state-of-the-art Coast Guard station was opened by local TD, Minister Simon Coveney, in April 2013.

This station replaced a one room shed building, known as the Rocket House, from where the Crosshaven Unit of the Costal Rescue Service had been operating since 1888. After the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty on 6 December 1921, when the 26 counties gained independence from British occupation, this building was transferred from the British Admiralty to Saorstát Éireann and to the Irish Coastguard.

The Officer in Charge of Crosshaven Coastguard at the time of the opening of the new station in 2013 was Vincent Farr. The new building was designed by architect, Deirdre Wolahan of the Office of Public Works.

The Irish Coast Guard is a uniformed service comprising of 80 fulltime staff and 1,000 volunteers. It primarily provides a search and rescue service; When required it is responsible for tasking Lifeboat stations to assist in search and rescue operations. The emergency number to call for Coast Guard assistance is 112. Unlike some other jurisdictions the Irish Coastguard Service is not a law enforcement agency nor a military organisation. Those functions are the responsibility of the IRISH NAVY.

The Breeches Buoy Life Saving Equipment
Explanatory Video

Recorded on the pier in Crosshaven
Sunday 15 June 2008

In 1801 about 10,000 sailors died at sea that year, most within a few hundred meters of the shore, as there was no way of getting a safety line to the ship. Something had to be done to prevent this needless loss of life. This video describes a method used to rescue stranded sailors by using a rocket to fire a line to a ship. It was known as the Breeches Buoy rescue method.

The cart and equipment illustrated in this video was stationed at Crosshaven, County Cork until 1998. The Breeches Buoy rescue method remained in use by the Coast Guard in Ireland for over 150 years until it was officially withdrawn from service in 2003.
Sharp eyed viewers will spot the spelling mistake on the cart!

Video Duration 24'56"   -   Video copyright

NOTE: The following document contains a list of the Irish Coast Guard VHF working channels
and ALSO a Guide to Transmitting VHF Distress Alerts and Mayday Voice Calls.
Please download and keep onboard.

Click HERE to download Marine Notice N° 61 of 2020

MARINE NOTICE 61 of 2020.
This marine notice 61/2020 contains a list of the Irish Coast Guard VHF working channels.
Cork Coast Guard working channel is Ch02   Emergency Channel Ch16 is always monitored
Channel 67 is also available when required but may not be actively monitored at all times.

This Marine Notice contains a Guide to Transmitting VHF Distress Alerts and Mayday Voice Calls.
For your safety download and familiarise yourself with it's contents.
Please keep onboard for reference in case of need.

Click HERE to download Marine Notice N° 61 of 2020

Guidance Notes for Leisure Craft using the Port of Cork

As both the number of large commercial ships and recreational craft using the Port of Cork is increasing
it is essential that close quarter situations do not arise.
The Port of Cork have produced a very informative booklet for leisure crafts using the Port
This should be read by all boat users.
Click on the image above or Click HERE to download this pdf version of the booklet
Guidance Notes for Leisure Craft

More Coast Guard Details to follow


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Published May 2024 / Foilsithe Bealtaine 2024