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More Details Emerge Over Emergency Beacon Incident Off West Cork Last Month
The Irish Coast Guard has revealed further details over an incident involving the activation of an emergency positioning beacon off West Cork last month. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Baltimore RNLI was called out to search or the EPIRB which…
Discard Your Floating Inflatable Toys Now, Water Safety Ireland Insists
As the official bathing season draws to a close this month, Water Safety Ireland is calling on parents and families to dispose of their inflatable toys. Earlier this week, Afloat’s Tom MacSweeney interviewed Water Safety Ireland chief John Leech, who…
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Guidance has been updated for local authorities on powers available to regulate recreational craft and personal watercraft under the Maritime Safety Act 2005. Section 6 in Part 2 of the Act allows local authorities, harbour authorities and Waterways Ireland to…
Bank Holiday Appeal For Beachgoers To Social Distance & Swim Only Where Lifeguards Are On Duty
Upon the busiest Bank Holiday weekend of the year, Water Safety Ireland is appealing for people to swim only where lifeguards are present and to adhere to social distancing guidelines at beaches. Water temperature is approaching its highest for the…
Public Safety Guidelines Reminder For Ireland’s Anglers
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is reminding anglers to follow safety guidelines on the water and to be aware of potential dangers and risks. Anglers are also reminded to follow HSE and Government advice regarding physical distancing and outdoor gatherings to…
The new water safety logo
Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton TD today (31 July) launched the newly updated Safety on the Water website.  This is a collaboration between the Coast Guard, RNLI, Water Safety Ireland, Irish Sailing and BIM, and…
Keep Up With Code Of Practice For Safe Operation Of Recreational Craft
Owners and users of a range of pleasure and recreational craft in Irish waters are reminded to keep up to date with the Code of Practice for their safe operation. The Code highlights the importance of personal responsibility for all…
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The Government is calling on the Irish public to ‘Be Summer Ready’ when enjoying the outdoors, whether inland or on the coast. Its new summer campaign follows from the success of its long-standing ‘Be Winter Ready’ initiative, and complements the…
Stay Safe On Or Near The Water With Handy Website Advice & Checklists
Before you take part in any water-based activity this summer, or any time of year, you should consider what you need to do in order to stay safe while on or near the water. Depending on whether you are actually…
Irish-Made Lifejacket Is Latest Addition To O’Sullivans Marine’s Range
The Mullion Stream 150N is the latest addition to the range of competitively priced, Irish-produced lifejackets at O’Sullivans Marine. The Mullion Stream 150N automatic inflatable lifejacket is a constant-wear, all-weather lifejacket for general use with foul-weather clothing. It comes in a…
Use Your Jet Ski Safely At The Coast This Summer
The UK’s coastguard is warning people of the dangers of jet skis, personal watercraft (PWC) and motorised recreational craft after a spate of incidents in recent weeks around the south west coast of England. Many were breakdowns, but these incidents…
Gangway on MFV Olgarry to shore in Killybegs, which was the subject of a recent MCIB investigation
The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport reminds fishing crews of the dangers associated with boarding and transiting across vessels, especially under the influence of alcohol. The move is in response to recent reports from…
Sea swimmers should be mindful of rip currents, which are especially strong during a new moon
Water Safety Ireland is warning that the risk of drownings will be higher this weekend due to the higher tides that will be caused by a new moon on Sunday, June 21st. It is appealing to the public to wear…
RNLI Issues Important Safety Advice In Northern Ireland
The RNLI has urged the Northern Ireland public to exercise caution when visiting the coast and be aware of the dangers while lifeguards are currently not deployed on the region’s beaches. Rollout of the normal seasonal lifeguard service was halted…
As the risk of drowning increases around warm weather bank holiday weekends, Water Safety Ireland is appealing to the public to adhere to the following guidelines during this phase of Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society.  If you really must visit…
Lifeguard flags are currently absent from many UK beaches as the RNLI paused the rollout of its seasonal service
The chief executive of the RNLI has said England’s lifting of coronavirus restrictions has put the lifesaving charity “in an impossible situation”. It comes after a Bank Holiday weekend in the UK that saw two people die in separate incidents…

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