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Dylan Egan’s design adds a 15-second delay between immersion and inflation — useful for coastguard and lifeboat volunteers
The son of an Irish Coast Guard volunteer from Co Clare is exhibiting his innovative lifejacket design at this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition at the RDS in Dublin. As TheJournal.ie reports, 16-year-old Dylan Egan has been working…
The INSS Jedi team pictured  shortly after the Round Ireland start off Wicklow
Anticipation is building ahead of Saturday’s talk in Wicklow Sailing Club about the Lesson learnt on board Jedi in the Round Ireland Yacht Race. As Afloat.ie reported previously, the INSS Jedi team have been meeting frequently to ensure no detail…
Swimmers take a festive dip in the North Sea at Newbiggin by the Sea
#WaterSafety - For many in Ireland a festive dip in the sea is part of a Christmas tradition. But the RNLI reminds anyone planning for a seaside swim next week that the sea is at its coldest, and potentially most…
Winter sea swims are a famous Irish pursuit but none more famous than the Christmas Day morning swim at the Forty Foot bathing place in Sandycove on Dublin Bay
Irish Water Safety is concerned that many people planning to take part in sponsored Christmas and New Year swims may take chances beyond what is acceptably safe and are cautioning the public to minimize the length of time they remain…
Irish Water Safety deputy chief executive and marketing manager Roger Sweeney with the IWAI’s John Dolan and Kay Baxter, and Minister of State Sean Canney
The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) was honoured this week at the Irish Water Safety National Awards. The Community and Social Responsibility Award was in recognition of the work by the association and its members in supporting Irish Water…
File image of Crosshaven RNLI’s inshore lifeboat John and Janet
A man who fell overboard from his vessel near Cork Harbour was lucky to escape relatively unscathed after his lifejacket failed to inflate. Crosshaven’s volunteer RNLI crew were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat at 5.20pm yesterday evening (Tuesday 27…
The European Junior Lifesaving Championships was held in Ireland this year.
Ireland’s top Junior Lifesavers have won 20 gold medals, 16 silver medals and eight bronze medals at the European Junior Lifesaving Championships. Ireland placed second in Europe in the beach competitions and 5th in the overall combined pool and beach…
Lough Erne Yacht Club on Gublusk Bay
#WaterSafety - Lifejackets should be made compulsory on Northern Ireland’s waterways, the inquest into the drowning of a former Lough Erne Yacht Club commodore has heard. As BBC News reports, coroner Joe McCrisken suggested that Michael Beattie may have had…
RNLI Brings Drowning Prevention Message To Croke Park For Today’s All Ireland Semi-Final
#WaterSafety - RNLI volunteers from lifeboat stations across Ireland will be taking to the pitch in Croke Park this afternoon (Sunday 12 August) for the All-Ireland Senior Championship Football Semi-Final to share the ‘Float to Live’ message. The charity is…
Accessing Boats in Harbour was Issue in UK Drowning Stats
In the UK, 13 people, who drowned in 2017, might be alive today had they been wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid. These are the findings of this year’s UK Casualty Review Panel. The panel meets annually to discuss the…
Absentmindedness resulted in an unexpected dip for a friend of Alistair Rumball at Conwy Quays Marina recently
#WaterSafety - Alistair Rumball of the Irish National Sailing Club shares a story from a friend that serves as a timely reminder of the importance of keeping vigilant whenever on or near the water. Alistair’s friend was mooring his Jeanneau…
Children are especially vulnerable on or near the water - be sure they’re wearing a lifejacket on board
#WaterSafety - Irish Water Safety, the Irish Coast Guard and RNLI have issued a joint appeal reminding the public to stay alert to the risk of drowning at all times and especially in the current hot weather. On average, five…
Waterways Ireland Warns Over Dangers Of Swimming In Navigations
#WaterSafety - Waterways Ireland has warned over the dangers of swimming and diving in and around navigation infrastructure such as bridges, locks, weirs, pontoons and harbour jetties. The possibility of a swimmer being struck by a vessel, its propeller or…
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…
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 & 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…

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