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Fifty-one Lives Saved in Near-Drowning Rescues Water Safety Ireland Honour Remarkable Rescuers
Fifty-one lives were saved from drowning by rescuers who will receive recognition at Water Safety Ireland’s National Annual Awards Ceremony, broadcast online on Tuesday 24th November at 7 pm. The Minister for Rural & Community Development, Heather Humphreys will acknowledge…
Two men died after a carbon monoxide leak on their boat Diversion, moored quayside on the River Ouse in York
Britain’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published a safety bulletin with lessons learnt from its initial findings into the death of two friends from carbon monoxide poisoning on a boat in York. The boaters died in December 2019 when…
The busiest lifeboat station has been Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, with nearly 100 call outs for this year so far, according to the RNLI
Rescue agencies are reporting a record year for incidents on the water as thousands of people turned to the coastline, lakes and rivers during Covid-19. The Irish Coast Guard, RNLI and Water Safety Ireland have all been under pressure to…
Water Safety Ireland is advising the public that to stay SAFE is to “Stay Away From the Edge”
In asking the public to remain vigilant near water this Bank holiday weekend, Water Safety Ireland says the risks are even greater at inland waterways. Although 40,000 people live less than 100 metres from the coast and some 2 million…
Sligo-based Galway-born GP Katie McAnena, a five-times national women's windsurfing champion, setting a new women's record at Mullaghmore, Co Sligo, last January
If there is an ill wind that doesn’t blow some good, it is the numbers taking to the sea and inland waterways during Covid-19. As The Sunday Times reports today, this season has been the busiest ever for outdoor pursuit…
Dun Laoghaire RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Anna Livia
A new video from Dun Laoghaire RNLI explains the importance of checking the weather and tides before going out for a walk along the coast. With Ireland's coastal areas getting a lot quieter as autumn begins and as we head…
The new Arabic language water safety posters from the RNLI and Irish Refugee Council
The charity that saves lives at sea is reaching out to Ireland’s immigrant communities as part of a new water safety campaign. Arabic is the first language being used by the RNLI in its warnings over the dangers associated with…
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…
File image of a jet ski at speed
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…
File image of a Water Safety Ireland life ring
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…

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