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Red Rocket Parachute Flare from Pirolec
Marine Notice No 7 of 2023 advises of a safety notice issued by the Dutch Safety Board for rocket parachute flares relating to model L-35 or L-35A manufactured by LECEA Sistemas Pirotécnicos Avanzados, S.A. The manufacturer has also issued a…
The Life Jacket 150N was sold via Amazon’s online marketplace
The UK’s Office for Product Safety & Standards have announced the recall of a popular lifejacket over safety concerns. The product, which was sold via Amazon as Life Jacket 150N, has been identified as presenting a serious risk of drowning…
Water Safety Ireland is urging those planning festive charity dips to be mindful of the effect of a new moon on Dec 23rd which will lead to higher tides throughout the weekend. Higher tides can hide unfamiliar depths and hazards…
Claddagh Watch Patrol’s Paul Gibney, Cllr. Niall McNelis and  Arthur Carr on the banks of the River Corrib, Galway, the fastest-flowing city river in Europe
A Galway riverbank patrol group has appealed to those socialising during the festive season to keep an eye and ear out for friends in the city. The Claddagh Watch group of volunteers will walk the Corrib riverbanks up to and…
Water Safety Ireland CEO Joanne Walsh at the 2022 online National Awards Ceremony
Fifteen lives were saved from drowning by rescuers who received recognition at Water Safety Ireland’s National Annual Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, 6th December, at 7 pm. Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, acknowledged recipients of the ‘Seiko Just…
Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Recreational Craft front cover graphic
The deadline for submissions in the public consultation on a review of the Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Recreational Craft has been extended to 5pm on Friday 9 December. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Department of…
At the launch of the Smart Ring Buoys project, from left: Dublin City Council executive manager Anthony Flynn, Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys, Dublin City Council assistant CEO Eileen Quinlivan and Water Safety Ireland acting CEO Roger Sweeney
Dublin City Council, in partnership with Water Safety Ireland and the Department for Rural and Community Development, this week launched an innovative ‘Smart Ring Buoys’ project aimed at saving lives in Ireland’s waters. The Smart Dublin initiative worked with technology…
Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Recreational Craft front cover graphic
Afloat.ie has learned that the Department of Transport is reaching out to stakeholders in the marine sector as it begins the process to review the Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Recreational Craft. The latest edition of the Code…
Image of one of DLRCoCo’s Harbour Patrol RIBs at harbourside
Afloat.ie recently highlighted some of the significant changes at Dun Laoghaire Harbour under the stewardship of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. One of those that’s been arguably less heralded is the introduction last year of a new safety patrol boat service…
Ireland’s top Lifeguards will compete at Water Safety Ireland’s National Surf Lifesaving Championships at Rossnowlagh Beach, Donegal, from 9 am, Saturday. Competitors will gather from counties nationwide and will include competitors from Ireland’s International Lifesaving Team who will compete in…
‘Rush hour’ on the River Shannon
Safety on the water must be improved as demand for staycations on the inland waterways increases. That’s the warning from boat operators on the Shannon, as reported in The Irish Times, who have raised various issues such as a lack…
The two foxes stranded by the tide on a sandbank off Baldoyle
A pair of foxes trapped on a sandbank in Baldoyle surprised locals in the north Dublin suburb yesterday morning (Thursday 25 August). But Howth Coast Guard, who shared a video of the animals on social media, says their predicament serves…
The FV Horizon sinking off the Old Head of Kinsale on 14 May 2021
The Department of Transport wishes to bring to the attention of all fishing vessel owners, agents, skippers and fishers to the report published earlier this year by the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) into the sinking of the FV Horizon…
Blue-green algae turned the waters of Lough Leane turned a soupy pea-green colour in July 2018
Waterways Ireland says it’s been notified of the presence of blue-green algae in a number of locations on the inland waterways. Blue-green algae are toxic to humans and potentially lethal to animals. The cross-border body for Ireland’s inland waterways asks…
Ballycotton RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
With Met Éireann issuing an advisory for hot weather through the rest of the week and the weekend, the RNLI, Irish Coast Guard and Water Safety Ireland are urging people to plan for their personal safety when visiting the coast…
Kilmore Quay RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
Ahead of the August Bank Holiday weekend, the Irish Coast Guard, RNLI, Water Safety Ireland and Met Éireann are appealing for people to take care when they are on or near the water. With many people continuing to enjoy the…