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US Marine Expert Disagrees With RYA Position on Distress Flares
#flares – US marine writer Joan Wenner saw's story on the RYA's position on distress flares. Flares have outlived their usefulness in an age of modern water safety technology, says theRoyal Yachting Association - which is urging British authorities to drop the requirement for flares…
Arctic Training for Small Craft Mariners at National Maritime College of Ireland
#arctic – Cork Institute of Technology, through its Nimbus Centre and the Halpin Centre for Research & Innovation at the National Maritime College of Ireland, is to become a global leader in training small-craft mariners who work in extremely challenging…
Woman Rescued From Cliff Fall On Causeway Coast
#Rescue - Two coastguard units, the Portrush lifeboat and a Royal Navy helicopter from Scotland were involved in the rescue of a woman who had fallen 50 feet off a cliff on the Causeway Coast at the weekend. As the…
Clare Lifesavers Top in National Surf Lifesaving Champs
#lifesaving – Competitors at the National Surf Lifesaving Championships had their skills and stamina tested in events that simulated emergency rescue scenarios in glorious sunshine and in an azure blue sea at Curracloe beach. The winning team from Clare dominated…
Scottish Local Authorities Have Inconsistent 'Ad Hoc' Approach to Water Safety – RoSPA
#watersafety – In Scotland, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has found Scottish local authorities have an inconsistent "ad hoc" approach to water safety despite a high rate of drownings. A ground-breaking study by the UK's leading…
European Lifesaving Championships Silver & Bronze for Ireland
#lifesaving – Ireland has won a silver and bronze medals in the European Lifesaving Championships in the towns of Noordwijk and Den Haag, Holland. The Team Bronze was won in the Simulated Emergency Rescue Competition by Triona Mc Menamin from…
Were you Rescued in the Last 60 Years By One of the Royal Navy's Helicopters?
#royalnavy – In 1953, the Royal Navy's helicopter search and rescue service was founded, making 2013 its 60th anniversary of saving lives at sea and on land. And it's looking for help from people around the UK and Ireland. To…
#Rescue - RTÉ News reports that a large group of children in a sailing course were rescued today (Monday 12 August) when their boats were caught in a surprise swell in Sligo Bay. The 17-strong group of children ages 9…
Safety on the Water Urged by RNLI This Bank Holiday Weekend
#rnli – As the August Bank Holiday weekend gets underway, the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea, is encouraging anyone thinking of using the water, to bear safety in mind. Whether the sun shines or the rain pours,…
Lifeguards Rescue 559 Swimmers During Heat Wave
#rescue – The CEO of Irish Water Safety, John leech is urging the public to use the Local Authority manned lifeguarded bathing places to ensure there are no more tragedies this summer. Take heed of advice given by the lifeguards and…
80% of Drownings Occur Close to Home
#drownings – Irish Water Safety is appealing to the public to swim at Lifeguarded waterways and to stay within their depth when swimming at any other bathing areas. Drownings often happen quickly and silently with 80% of drownings occurring close to…
Public Vigilance Urged After Lifebuoy Vandalised in Limerick City
#watersafety – Limerick City Council is urging members of the public to report damaged, stolen, missing or retrieved ringbuoys after a lifebuoy box and pole were vandalised at Athlunkard Bridge. A member of a local boat club last night reported…
Lifeguards Come To Seán Bán's Rescue in Coastal Drama
#Rescue - RTÉ's veteran voice of the Gaeltacht was rescued by beach lifeguards while swimming at Spanish Point in Co Clare earlier this week. The Irish Independent reports that Seán Bán Breathnach was believed to be caught in a rip…
Elderly Woman Survives Fall From Europe's Highest Sea Cliff
#Rescue - An elderly woman was rescued on Thursday 11 July after slipping off the highest sea cliff in Europe. The Belfast Telegraph reports that 71-year-old Vera Flynn became separated from her sister while walking the cliff path at Slieve…
Castlerock RNLI Lifeguards Rescue Family of Six From Rip Current
#Rescue - Castlerock RNLI lifeguards rescued a family of six after they got into difficulty on the town’s seaside beach in Co Derry yesterday (7 July). Senior RNLI lifeguard Gordon Clark was patrolling busy Castlerock beach when at he noticed…
Teen Rescued From Howth Cliff Edge
#Rescue - reports that 15 members of the Irish Coast Guard's Cliff Rescue Unit were involved in the rescue of a 16-year-old boy trapped on a cliff edge on Howth Head in North Dublin on Saturday evening (6 July).…

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