The Irish Red Cross have developed specialist search and rescue teams to assist people missing, injured or in other difficulty on mountains and lakes.
These specially trained volunteers are supported by our other services as required, and are a trusted auxiliary to agencies such as the Coastguard, the HSE and An Garda Siochána.
The Irish Red Cross has two lifeboats serving Lough Corrib and Lough Mask. Our D-class lifeboat and Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) are manned entirely by volunteers and are an invaluable auxiliary to the local emergency services.
Irish Red Cross volunteers are regularly asked to assist other services in major lowland searches for missing people.
These volunteers frequently give freely of their time and expertise participating in searches on foot and providing first aid when needed.
The Irish Red Cross has two specialist mountain rescue teams: Sligo/Leitrim and Glen of Imaal, Co Wicklow. Irish Red Cross Mountain Rescue Teams provide a 24-hour on-call service for those lost or injured on the mountains of Sligo, Leitrim and Wicklow. These teams also assist elsewhere in Ireland when major searches are underway.
The Irish Red Cross Mountain Rescue service assists with
• Air crash response in remote environments
• Severe weather support (snow, storm and flood)
• Missing person search in non-mountain environments
• Animal rescue in remote environments
The lifeboat and mountain rescue services can be contacted through the emergency services operator on 999 or 112.