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Boy Drowns in Liffey, Diver Treated for Bends
Water Safety
Gardaí have confirmed that a 14-year-old boy drowned in the River Liffey near Clane, Co Kildare on Saturday. According to The Irish Times, it is believed the accident occurred while the teen was playing in the river with friends. His…
Lifejackets Could've Saved Lives
Water Safety
86 maritime deaths between 2007 and 2010 may have been avoided if those involved had worn a lifejacket or buoyancy aid for water safety. This is the latest finding of an expert panel which has been analysing maritime accidents since…
Irish Water Safety Launches TV Campaign
Water Safety
Irish Water Safety (IWS) has launched a new TV awareness campaign to highlight best practice whether in, on or around water in an effort to cut the number of tragic drownings on our coasts and waterways. "Ireland is blessed with…
Corrib Drilling Advisory to Vessels
Water Safety
The Department of Transport's latest marine notice advises on the start of offshore drilling operations by Shell Ireland at the Corrib gas field in Co Mayo. Drilling is scheduled to begin on or around 13 April, to last for approximately…
New Database Reveals Deaths in UK Waters
Water Safety
The first report from a new incident database shows that more than 400 people died from accidents or by natural causes in water across Great Britain and Northern Ireland in 2009. The WAID (Water Incident Database) was developed by the…
Updated List of Approved Liferafts for Small Fishing Vessels
Water Safety
The Department of Transport's latest marine notice adds two more classes of liferaft to those deemed acceptable for use on small fishing vessels that do not require SOLAS/MED approval. The list of accepted four-person inflatable liferafts (all with SOLAS Pack)…
Nine out of 10 Distress Alerts in US 'Have No Location Info'
Water Safety
The US Coast Guard has shown concern at the number of distress calls made from yachts that do not include GPS position information to aid rescuers in their location. Already in the US, all newly installed VHF radios are required…
1,499 Lives Lost in Ten Year Tragic Tide of Drownings
Water Safety
Irish Water Safety is calling for people to be more aware of the dangers presented by water based activities and wants the general public to know that there are many reasons people drown which are not simply limited to warmer…
Water Safety
The family of a drowning victim are exploring the idea that seals could be utilised to recover bodies lost in rivers or at sea, The Clare People reports. Brian Mooney - father of 31-year-old Brecan Mooney, whose body was never…
Stay Away from the Edge Warns Irish Water Safety
Water Safety
Irish Water Safety is asking people to keep away from the water's edge during the current violent storm force winds and high seas. Ireland averages 153 drownings every year and every year a number of tragedies occur as a result…
Flooding Risk - Know How to Stay Safe
Water Safety
Irish Water Safety has today warned about the increased risk to the public in our current and forecast flood conditions. During this coming Sunday afternoon and evening it will become very windy with widespread heavy rain and very strong West…
Full Moon Prompts Weekend Safety Warning
Water Safety
Spring Tides and an uncertain weather forecast can make this weekend more hazardous than usual. Irish Water Safety is reminding boaters, sailors, surfers, divers and anglers that there is a full moon on Saturday so they need to be aware…
International Honour for Irish Water Safety Official
Water Safety
The International Federation Of Swimming Teachers Associations (IFSTA) and Irish Water Safety (IWS) have announced the election of Jim Lawlor of Sligo as President West of IFSTA with responsibility for Europe, Africa, the Americas and Oceania at the World Conference…
Jedward Backs IWS Safety Message
Water Safety
Jedward is backing Irish Water Safety's mid-summer reminder to the public that with many weeks of warm weather yet to enjoy, everyone can have great fun and do so safely by heeding the following swimming safety tips. Known for their…
New Regulations to Rein In Jetskis
Water Safety
Green TD and Enviroment minister John Gormley made regulations to regulate the use of jetskis and personal watercraft where they have the potential to affect protected species. The new regulations address a 2007 European Court finding that Ireland had not…
New Regulations to Rein In Jetskis
Water Safety
Green TD and Enviroment minister John Gormley made regulations to regulate the use of jetskis and personal watercraft where they have the potential to affect protected species. The new regulations address a 2007 European Court finding that Ireland had not…

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