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Reminder For Upcoming UK Coastguard VHF Channel Changes
Water Safety
#VHF - UK Coastguard is reminding all boat owners, shipping companies and anyone who puts out to sea to make sure they are ready for the pending changeover of some VHF channels used to contact emergency services. As reported earlier…
Lifejackets Must Be Worn Over All Clothing, Notice Reminds Water Users
Water Safety
#WaterSafety - The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) advises everyone on or near the water of the correct use of lifejackets or personal flotation devices (PFDs). Lifejackets should always be warn over all…
The deck and bulwarks of Michael O’Brien’s boat Bluebird II, which was found empty the evening before his remains were recovered
MCIB
#WaterSafety - The dangers of boating without proper safety equipment have been raised by a report into the death of an angler who went overboard from his vessel off West Cork last summer. The body of Michael O’Brien was recovered…
A Whiterocks lifeguard cleans graffiti from the vandalised beach unit
Coastal Notes
#Vandalism - Vandals have caused an estimated £800 (€900) worth of damage to an RNLI lifeguard unit at Whiterocks on the Causeway Coast. Following two of the busiest days of the summer season so far in Northern Ireland, the RNLI…
Bundoran RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Rescue
#Rescue - Bundoran RNLI is reminding anyone planning a trip to the coast this summer to be mindful of the dangers of rip currents that can quickly sweep you out to sea. The advice comes as Bundoran’s volunteer lifeboat crew…
The RNLI and Nicholson's pub chain work together on Respect the Water
Water Safety
#WaterSafety - Pub chain Nicholson’s have shown there are no half measures when it comes to water safety, after pledging the company’s support for the RNLI’s drowning prevention campaign Respect the Water. The chain’s Crown Liquor Saloon pub on Belfast’s…
RNLI & Irish Coast Guard Urge People To Respect The Water This June Bank Holiday
Water Safety
#WaterSafety - The Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI have issued a joint call urging people to be vigilant and take care in and on the water or along the coastline this June Bank Holiday weekend and over the summer…
A new guide to lifejackets for children from CH Marine is downloadable below
CH Marine Chandlery
Finding a lifejacket for your child is not difficult but it in terms of water safety it is important to know how to choose the right jacket and what features you should look out for. As part of its Lifejacket Awareness…
The jet skis spotted speeding in the marked swimming area at the Forty Foot on Friday afternoon
Water Safety
#WaterSafety - Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard has warned boaters to beware of marked swimming areas after “havoc” at the Forty Foot bathing spot on Friday afternoon (26 May). A motor yacht and two personal water craft were witnessed “acting recklessly”…
Castlehaven GAA Healthy Clubs representative and well-known open water swimmer Noel Browne urges people to fight their instincts and float if they enter the water unexpectedly
Water Safety
#RespectTheWater - As temperatures look set to soar across Ireland, new research commissioned by the RNLI reveals that more than a third of Irish people would follow their instincts and fight against the water if they unexpectedly fell into it.…
Children take part in a Swim Safe session in Poole, Dorset
Sea Swim
#Swimming - Northern Ireland will be included for the first time in Swim Safe, a programme offering free outdoor swimming and water safety sessions for children aged 7-14 across the UK. Swim Safe teaches children how to stay safe when…
A freefall lifeboat like this one is commonly used in sea survival training
Jobs
#CourseDispute - A top maritime college’s dispute with Irish marine authorities over the approval of sea survival refresher training has reached the High Court, as the Irish Examiner reports. The National Maritime College of Ireland, under the Cork Institute of…
Nearly 400 boats will compete in the world's largest offshore race this August - and safety is of the utmost importance
Fastnet
#FastnetRace - With the days ticking down till the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race, Ocean Safety has published its free Fastnet Safety Checklist to ensure your yacht is ready for the rigours of the challenging seas around Fastnet Rock. One of…
John Leech, Chief Executive of Irish Water Safety
Island Nation
The Chief Executive of the State agency responsible for promoting water safety has been telling me about an interesting piece of research which his organisation carried out over the past two months. The purpose of this research on water safety…
Marcus Connaughton, Presenter of Seascapes
Seascapes
Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme Seascapes, later this evening we’ll hear from Fergal Keane who attended the recent Angling Show at the National Show Centre in North County Dublin;  we’ll hear from writer and…
Drinking & Boating? Think Again - Alcohol Persists As ‘Significant Factor’ In Marine Incidents Says DTTAS
Water Safety
#Alcohol - Alcohol consumption “continues to be a significant factor” in marine incidents involving recreational craft. That’s according to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS), whose latest Marine Notice highlights the risks to the public associated with drink…

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