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RESCUE: An Irish Coast Guard helicopter hovers over a lifeboat with the LE Roisin in the background. Photo: Marc O'Sullivan

RESCUE: An Irish Coast Guard helicopter hovers over a lifeboat with the LE Roisin in the background. Photo: Marc O'Sullivan

RESCUE: An Irish Coast Guard helicopter hovers over a lifeboat with the LE Roisin in the background. Photo: Marc O'Sullivan

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) is carrying out two inquires into the Irish Coast Guard amid concern about life jackets and how its cliff-climbing crews operate.

It comes as three senior Coast Guard officers stepped down at separate stations during the Covid-19 crisis over disquiet about management and procurement practices.

The HSA life jacket inquiry is linked to an issue with a flotation device at a Coast Guard station in Cork which failed to fully deploy.