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Thirty Children Drowned in Ten Years; Supervise Your Child Near Water this Easter
Thirty children aged fourteen and under drowned in ten years, reflecting the need for constant, responsible supervision of children near water. Half a million primary school children are currently on Easter Holidays and may find themselves playing near water yet…
More cruise ships at sea every year but what about their navigation lights
There have been a number of warnings about seamanship and navigational issues in the past few weeks that are important as the sailing season draws nearer. I wonder if the boating community takes enough notice of them? Gail McAllister, who ran…
Dublin sailor Philip Lee comes to the rescue of a swimmer at Sandycove during Storm Emma yesterday. See video below. The Coastguard has urged people to act responsibly and not to go swimming in any lakes, rivers or in the sea.
It was a well known Dublin Bay sailor who came to the rescue of a swimmer at the height of Storm Emma yesterday in the popular bathing spot of Sandycove in County Dublin. As social media revealed, it was the…
Applications Open For RNLI’s ‘Best Summer Jobs’ Lifeguarding In Northern Ireland
#Lifeguards - The RNLI is in search of new recruits to spend the summer working on some of Northern Ireland’s most popular beaches, as applications open for 2018’s beach lifeguards and face-to-face fundraisers. Both roles are essential in supporting the…
Irish Coast Guard Saved 335 Lives In 2017
#Coastguard - The Irish Coast Guard saved 335 lives and assisted more than 3,300 people in 2017, as RTÉ News reports. Among the details of its end of year review, the coastguard said its volunteer units and helicopter SAR crews…
Irish Coast Guard & RNLI Urge People To ‘Respect The Water’ Over Festive Season
#WaterSafety - The Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI have issued a joint safety message for the festive season to remind people to stay safe when they are in or near the water, and to remember some basic safety advice…
SafeTrx is being rolled out for use within the Cypriot Search and Rescue Region
#SafeTrx - Irish-developed vessel tracking app SafeTrx has had its latest international launch in Cyprus. Originally unveiled by Irish Sailing in 2013, the smartphone app makes it easy for boats to allow contacts on shore to monitor their voyages for…
Clare County Council employs 32 full-time lifeguards to cover Clare's 9 Blue Flag and 2 Green Coast beaches during the Summer season
An astonishing 14 accidents per hour were avoided at Clare's nine Blue Flag and two Green Coast beaches by the intervention of Lifeguards with bathers who went into the water at known dangerous bathing locations or who knowingly or unknowingly…
Team Ireland return home with a total of 29 medals from the European Championships in Belgium. Athletes won 7 gold, 15 silver and 7 bronze over 15 different events with our Youth Team placing 6th and the Open Team 8th overall out of 19 teams
Ireland’s top Lifesavers have won seven gold medals at the European Lifesaving Championships in Belgium. The Championships simulate real-life rescue situations that Lifeguards encounter and pits the best Lifesavers from around Europe against each other in a series of gruelling…
Reminder For Upcoming UK Coastguard VHF Channel Changes
#VHF - UK Coastguard is reminding all boat owners, shipping companies and anyone who puts out to sea to make sure they are ready for the pending changeover of some VHF channels used to contact emergency services. As reported earlier…
Lifejackets Must Be Worn Over All Clothing, Notice Reminds Water Users
#WaterSafety - The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) advises everyone on or near the water of the correct use of lifejackets or personal flotation devices (PFDs). Lifejackets should always be warn over all…
The deck and bulwarks of Michael O’Brien’s boat Bluebird II, which was found empty the evening before his remains were recovered
#WaterSafety - The dangers of boating without proper safety equipment have been raised by a report into the death of an angler who went overboard from his vessel off West Cork last summer. The body of Michael O’Brien was recovered…
A Whiterocks lifeguard cleans graffiti from the vandalised beach unit
#Vandalism - Vandals have caused an estimated £800 (€900) worth of damage to an RNLI lifeguard unit at Whiterocks on the Causeway Coast. Following two of the busiest days of the summer season so far in Northern Ireland, the RNLI…
Bundoran RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
#Rescue - Bundoran RNLI is reminding anyone planning a trip to the coast this summer to be mindful of the dangers of rip currents that can quickly sweep you out to sea. The advice comes as Bundoran’s volunteer lifeboat crew…
The RNLI and Nicholson's pub chain work together on Respect the Water
#WaterSafety - Pub chain Nicholson’s have shown there are no half measures when it comes to water safety, after pledging the company’s support for the RNLI’s drowning prevention campaign Respect the Water. The chain’s Crown Liquor Saloon pub on Belfast’s…
RNLI & Irish Coast Guard Urge People To Respect The Water This June Bank Holiday
#WaterSafety - The Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI have issued a joint call urging people to be vigilant and take care in and on the water or along the coastline this June Bank Holiday weekend and over the summer…

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