Owenahincha Bay

Water Safety Association

Volunteer rescue boat and water safety service based in Owenahincha Bay, West Cork

About Us

The association was formed following a tragedy that occurred on Owenahincha beach in September 2006. Two brave young men were lost to the sea when they went to the aid of others who survived because of their heroism. The aims and objectives of the association are to relieve suffering and distress amongst persons endangered by accidents or natural hazards, by the provision and maintenance of a trained rescue association to operate throughout the greater Owenahincha Bay Area or any other place if requested.

We seek to educate all potential users of the beaches of the greater Owenahincha Bay Area and countryside, advising them of possible dangers in the area and aiming to prevent tragedies or mishaps by giving talks and demonstrations to interested organisations. We are a registered charity and will comply with the charities act 2009 and regulations under the charities regulatory authority.

OBWSA life boat

This year, all proceeds from the Rosscarberry Steam engine 5k run will go to OBWSA and Lisheens house. Your support is much appreciated. For more information, see our facebook page


Fully Equipped

We will operate a fully equipped rescue boat and crews that are trained to operate it.

Dedicated Service

We aim to provide a limited service to start but ultimately it is our aim to provide a rescue boat service on a permanent basis. It is the aim of our association to train further members and increase the service as we progress.

Professionally Trained

Training will be provided to all crew members and will be ongoing in order to provide the best possible service.

Our Team


Ken Leahy

Operations Lead


Suzanne Harte



Noel O Regan

Public Relations Officer


Liam Herlihy



Eamonn Hayes


Contact Us

The Site Office
Hayes Cabin Services
Co Cork

023 8848395