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RNLI Urges Public to Stay Safe Ahead of Weather Warnings

11th April 2023
File image of Porthcawl RNLI’s inshore lifeboat launching into rough conditions
File image of Porthcawl RNLI’s inshore lifeboat launching into rough conditions Credit: RNLI/Stephen Duncombe

The RNLI is reminding those visiting the coast to be aware of the dangers with weather warnings in place for large parts of Ireland and the UK.

The Met Office and Met Éireann are forecasting winds could reach 100kmh or more in coastal locations and will be strongest across western parts of the UK, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland from 3pm on Tuesday 11 April through to 8pm on Wednesday 12 April.

Orange weather warnings are in place on all coastal waters from south Wexford to Donegal — and in particular Met Éireann has issued a red storm warning for gales from Valentia to Loop Head active from 5am to 8am on Wednesday morning, forecasting west-to-northwesterly winds at times reaching violent storm Force 11.

Lifesaving charity the RNLI is encouraging people to exercise extreme caution if visiting the shoreline, especially along exposed cliffs, seafronts and piers. The expected strong winds will also bring heavy rain and pose a safety risk to those visiting the coast.

Throughout 2022, RNLI lifeboats launched into gale-force conditions and above more than 80 times, and in some instances faced hurricane-force wind speeds in excess of 112kmh which could create powerful seas as large as 14 metres high.

RNLI water safety manager Ross Macleod said: “This rough weather could make visiting our coasts around the UK and Ireland treacherous and bring very dangerous sea conditions.

“Sadly, around 150 people accidentally lose their lives around UK and Irish waters each year and over half of these people didn’t plan on ever entering the water. Slips, trips and falls can be a major factor in these kinds of incidents.

“While people may want to experience extreme weather around the coast, we would strongly advice against doing so. It is not worth risking your life, so we strongly urge people to respect the water and watch from a safe distance.

“If you see someone else in danger in the water, call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard. If you have something that floats that they can hold on to, throw it to them. Don’t go in the water yourself — too many people drown trying to save others.”

The RNLI’s advice for anyone going on or near the water is:

  • Stay well back from stormy, wintery seas and cliff edges.
  • Check tide times before you go.
  • Take a phone with you.
  • In an emergency call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard. Team

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