A new Coast Guard team was founded in Wesport in 2003 after a review of potential incidents and search and rescue coverage along the County Mayo coastline. The Unit went operationally active as a coastal response team on the 3rd August 2004 following extensive training.
The Unit was visited by Coast Guard Director, Captain Liam Kirwan in may 2005. The photograph below shows the team during the visit.
Westport team with the Coast Guard Director
The team of 24 is led by Mr. Brian Moran EMT. These photographs show their first event exercise in February 2004 on Achill Island.
The New Coast Guard team on their first non-classroom based exercise with the Achill Coast Guard climbing team.
Climbers half way down the sea cliff demonstrating descent procedures.
Preparing to climb. Achill's ATV (All Terrain Vehicle Quad) is visible in the background.
Going over the edge.
Students undergoing instruction in climbing techniques and equipment.
The scene from the climbing site of the beautiful and wild coastline of County Mayo.