Irish Coast Guard & CSIG – Sep 2014

The CSIG Team is delighted to announce that the Irish Coast Guard are using our charts to improve their search and rescue capabilities on Lough Ree.  Over the past couple of weeks, they have used the charts twice in their endeavours.

Derek Flanagan, Divisional Controller at MRSC Malin Head, stated “feedback from my staff has been very positive, we all like using your charting system”

Carmel Meegan, President of the Inland Waterways Association, said “Good news indeed that the CSIG charts are being recognised and used by the Coast Guard.  Well done to everyone involved”

The CSIG plan to continue to collaborate with the Coast Guard in the coming months and they hope to help us with feedback and improvements to the charts.

CSIG Beta Release – major milestone – Jul 2014

On July 26th at a training session in Athlone, the ‘Mapper 4’ became the ‘Mapper 18’ when fourteen Testers signed on to test the Beta Release of the CSIG’s Shannon Charts.

Each participant, after signing up, left with their own edition of Memory Map and the CSIG-IWAI owned Shannon Beta Charts loaded onto their PC, iPad or Android.  They also received a copy of the Beta Testers Manual, including the Chart Key and the method of providing monthly feedback to the CSIG.

Some attendees expressed interest in joining the surveying teams, so they can add data to the charts in the cruising grounds that interest them most.  It was an excellent day with excellent presentations.

Other work continues within the CSIG, surveying, gathering information and creating more charts for other parts of the inland waterways.

Boats moored off the navigation at Meelick recently

Boats and Barges at Meelick by PM

The search for Daryl – Apr 2014

This tragedy began to unfold shortly after 1600 on Thursday March 20th 2014.

Six anglers in two small boats set out from Hodson Bay for a weekend of pike fishing.  They made their way towards Carnagh Bay, but as they rounded Yew Point, they encountered strong south-westerly winds.  The second boat turned back but the first continued, hugging the shore.  As they drew close to Whin Island, the boat was swamped by a large wave and sunk beneath the three-man crew.  Daryl Burke, John Trimble and David Warnock found themselves in the cold waters of Ballybay on Lough Ree.

The RNLI launched from Coosan Point. They recovered John Trimble and David Warnock.  Unfortunately, David later died in hospital.

Athlone Sub Aqua launched their ribs and began to search for Daryl. They followed a debris field that stretched across the lake from Yew Point to Inch Mor, covering an area of some five square miles. There was no sign of Daryl; they continued the search until nightfall.

Next morning we began what now had become a recovery operation, searching with sometimes as many as twenty-seven divers.  The Garda underwater unit and the Navy were also involved.

The search was coordinated by the Garda and each evening a debrief meeting was held in Bay Sports.  In attendance were the Garda, Navy, Civil Defence, Fisheries, Kayakers, Dog Handlers, Athlone Sub Aqua and representatives from other Sub Aqua Clubs involved in the search.

From the beginning we used CSIG charts marked up to show the area dived or surveyed so far.

Lough Ree near Whin Island

This represents the area sonar scanned during the search.  We first located the boat by side scan.

Sonar trail

Each day, I marked the area dived, by placing a waypoint at each of the shot line or jackstay marks which had been put in place by the divers.


This gave an overall picture of the area dived and searched each day.

After sixteen long days, we recovered the body of Daryl and returned him to his family – R.I.P.

Pat McManus – April 2014

Presentation to IWAI members in Lisburn & support – Mar 2014

The Island Arts Centre, in Lisburn, was the venue this month, for a presentation by Les Saunders and Tom Bailey to sixty members from Lagan, Lough Erne and Newry & Portadown IWAI.

There was an enthusiastic response to the CSIG’s work and the new style charts from Brian Willson.  As stated “those who saw the presentation were impressed by progress to date and equally so, by the sheer size of the task still remaining”.

We are delighted to report that the Lough Erne Branch “wish to be associated with this work and to help out wherever possible, particularly in the waters of the Erne system.” They are making a contribution to cover the cost of one complete set of equipment and some members will be assisting in the work of surveying and mapping.

The CSIG is very grateful to Lough Erne members for their contribution of money, time and effort.