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Coast Guard officers suspended and crew stood down in separate probes

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Two senior Coast Guard officers have been suspended from the organisation after it was alleged they broke Covid-19 orders passed down during the pandemic.

Separate investigations have been launched into the alleged breaches. One relates to the launch of a Coast Guard boat in Cork during a maintenance operation after the crew were concerned about the condition of the vessel after returning from a rescue mission.

A second probe in the north-west concerns the use of a boat by personnel there, and will also examine adherence to the use of personal protective equipment.