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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…
Benone Beach lifeguard Andrzej with a rescue sled
RNLI lifeguards in Northern Ireland have saved four people in two separate incidents during a busy week on Causeway Coast beaches. Two teenage girls were rescued after being pulled out to sea in a rip current, and on the same…
Swimmers wading into waves at a beach
Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton has called on the public to follow water safety advice and to recognise the importance of adhering with some basic precautions in ensuring that any water-based recreation is enjoyed to…
Office for Product Safety and Standards logo
The UK’s Office for Product Safety and Standards has announced a product recall for 11 models of lifejackets sold via online retailer Amazon over safety concerns. Officials confirm that the affected products were not supplied with the required compliance documentation…
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys opening the Clare Water Safety rescue centre in Lahinch on Monday 18 July
A €6m revamp of Lahinch Leisure Centre in Co Clare, which includes a dedicated water safety centre, has been officially unveiled today (Monday 18 July) by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys. The newly redesigned family-friendly, state-of-the-art facility features a…
The RNLI’s water safety team with swimmers at Baginbun
As the summer season begins, Fethard RNLI’s new volunteer water safety officer Rebecca Doyle commenced her role by organising a swim safely clinic. Local swim group Hooked on Swimming and the local triathlon club attended the clinic, which was provided…
Chapter 8: Rowing Boats cover
In response to Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) recommendations, Marine Notice No 42 of 2022 from the Department of Transport draws attention to the safety advice and recommendations in Chapter 8 of the Code of Practice for the Safe Operation…
Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Recreational Craft Chapter 7: Canoeing/Kayaking title page
Canoeists, kayakers and relevant organisations are again being encouraged by the Department of Transport to review Chapter 7 of the Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Recreational Craft. This chapter gives advice to canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts on actions to…
With the weather improving and more people going in or on the water, it is important to take some basic steps to stay safe while having fun to avoid a lifeboat callout
As a weekend of aquatic activity approaches, Water Safety Ireland, the Coast Guard and the RNLI have issued a joint appeal calling for caution at waterways nationwide. The appeal aims to reduce summer drownings and comes as figures released for…

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