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McMurdo SmartFind EPIRBs may be liable to experience cracks in the plastic of their top domes
News Update
#EPIRB - Marine Notice No 9 of 2017 contains a product advisory for two EPIRB products manufactured by McMurdo. Under certain circumstances, signs of cracking may appear in the top dome cases of all versions of the McMurdo SmartFind EPIRB…
County Clare dominated at the life–saving championships
Water Safety
County Clare lifesavers emerged as the dominant county despite strong challenges from some of Ireland's fittest Lifesavers competing at Irish Water Safety's National Lifesaving Championships in the University of Limerick this weekend. The championships attracted a record entry of 327.…
A still from the video showing the child swept off their feet by the wave at Portstewart’s promenade
Water Safety
#WaterSafety - The Irish Coast Guard has once again warned the public to stay back and say safe in coastal areas during severe weather after video emerged of a young child swept off their feet by a surprise wave. Independet.ie…
Photograph of the two-person canoe that capsized in the incident off Kenmare on 31 January 2016
MCIB
#MCIB - Basic water safety precautions were not taken before a canoe capsize incident that led to the drowning of a man off Kenmare almost a year ago. That’s the main conclusion of the official report into the tragedy in…
Stay Back, Stay High, Stay Dry Over Christmas Says Irish Coast Guard
Coastguard
#Coastguard - Stay Back, Stay High, Stay Dry is the message from the Irish Coast Guard to the public over the Christmas holiday period. Many people will be engaging in outdoor activities along the coastline, be it on exposed coasts,…
Maritime Priorities In Transport’s Statement Of Strategy 2016-2019
News Update
#Maritime - ‘Safe and sustainable’ marine transport and ‘delivery of emergency management services’ have been made a high level goal in the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport’s Statement of Strategy 2016-2019, published this week. Identifying Ireland’s maritime sector as…
Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government with 'Seiko Just In Time Award' recipients Sergeant Kieran O Regan, Gardai Claire Murphy, Mark Holden, Kieran Hayes (Tipperary) and Martin O'Sullivan, Chairman of Irish Water Safety at the annual Irish Water Safety Awards held at Dublin Castle.
Water Safety
Thirty-two lives were saved from drowning through the brave actions of forty-seven rescuers who will receive recognition at Irish Water Safety's National Annual Awards Ceremony at the Print Works Conference Centre, Dublin Castle on Tuesday 8th November, from 3pm to…
Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park was the venue for the 2016 National Marine Gallantry & Meritorious Service Awards
News Update
#Awards - Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross presented the National Marine Gallantry and Meritorious Service Awards 2016 at a ceremony in Farmleigh House on Friday evening (14 October) Minister Ross praised the “courageous achievements and service of…
The lone kayaker spotted by a concerned onlooker off Howth on Wednesday morning 28 September
Rescue
#Rescue - Howth’s coastguard and lifeboat teams launched to the rescue of a lone kayaker off the North Dublin headland yesterday morning (Wednesday 28 September). After a concerned onlooker called 999 when spotting that the kayaker was on the water…
A Portuguese man o’ war beached in the Bahamas
Marine Wildlife
Irish Water Safety (IWS) is alerting the public to exercise caution on our south, west and northwest coastline over the next few days due to jellyfish arriving on our shores, as previously reported by Afloat.ie.  IWS says Ireland has experienced tropical…
The RNLI's tonne of water at Spanish Arch in Galway city
Water Safety
#RespectTheWater - The RNLI has placed a tonne of water in Galway and Dun Laoghaire respectively for the summer months in a bid to show visitors and locals alike the power of the water, river and sea. The tonnes of…
The RNLI's Beach Builder Challenge uses the popular video game Minecraft to teach water safety
Water Safety
#WaterSafety - This summer the RNLI is launching the second year of the popular Beach Builder Challenge using the interactive video game Minecraft, which allows children to create and build virtual worlds. Available to play from Monday 1 August, the…
Water Safety Week Urges Prevention Of Summer Drownings
Water Safety
#WaterSafety - Thirty-seven children aged 14 and under have drowned in Ireland a decade - a sobering statistic to note just weeks before half a million children in Ireland will be on summer holidays. To mark Water Safety Week, running…
Ireland's waters host a number of stinging jellyfish, such as the blue jellyfish
Water Safety
#Jellyfish - Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has raised the red warning flag in Sandycove and erected signs warning swimmers of the presence of stinging jellyfish in the water and washed up on the beach. Photographs have been taken and sent…
RNLI lifeguards on beach patrol
Water Safety
#Lifeguards - RNLI lifeguards will commence full-time summer patrol on 10 beaches in Northern Ireland from next Saturday 25 June. Following a busy period of intensive training in preparation for the new season, the lifeguards will be keeping visitors safe…
Swimming is prohibited at infrastructure such as locks such as this on the Royal Canal near Kinnegad
Water Safety
#WaterSafety - Waterways Ireland has echoed the recent advice over the dangers of the water during the current warm spell across Ireland. The latest marine notice from the management body for Ireland's inland navigations warns the public on the dangers…

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