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RTÉ Cork brings its third Search and Rescue series to the air on Sunday 18 November. Following on from the success of the two Irish Coast Guard helicopter rescue series, Rescue 115 and Rescue 117, Ireland’s Search and Rescue is a bigger and bolder project. The year-long production involved approximately 100 cameras which were used by rescue teams across the country to capture the work they do.

The six part series, presented by Claire Byrne, tells the story of Ireland’s Search and Rescue across the country, from Kerry to Donegal, Doolin to Dublin, working with all four Irish Coast Guard helicopter bases in Dublin, Waterford, Shannon and Sligo as well as RNLI stations and Mountain Rescue teams nationwide. This series also shows the work of Cork City Fire Brigade and volunteer Coast Guard groups like Doolin and Howth.

As well as showing rescue footage, we also profile individual groups and show how many agencies work together in dangerous environments to save lives. Volunteers are a vital part of Search and Rescue across Ireland. Across the country builders, fisherman, nurses, engineers and doctors give up their spare time to organisations like the RNLI, Mountain Rescue and the Irish Coast Guard units.

Episode 3:

  • A boat bursts into flames in Cork Harbour
  • Stranded on rocks and hanging over an incoming tide, a Cork teenager needs the help of Crosshaven RNLI
  • Doolin coastguard race to save a climber who has fallen from the sheer heights of it’s Mirror wall.
  • Dublin Wicklow Mountain rescue respond to a hunter who is immobilised on wet ground. Hypothermia is the big fear