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'Nothing Is Going To Happen To Me' Among Excuses From Boaters Skipping Lifejackets

15th August 2015

#WaterSafety - There's never a good reason to go out on the water without a lifejacket. But as TheJournal.ie reports, the Irish Coast Guard still hears plenty of excuses.

Chief among them is the old chestnut, "I have lifejackets on board" – though naturally they offer no protection unless they're being worn correctly.

"I'm a strong swimmer" is the second most heard excuse for skipping a personal flotation device which, as the coastguard reminds, shows ignorance of the cold temperature of Irish waters even on hot summer days.

And with other popular excuses including "it gets in the way", "it doesn't look cool" and "nothing is going to happen to me", water safety chiefs might have their work cut out for them.

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MacDara Conroy

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MacDara Conroy is a contributor covering all things on the water, from boating and wildlife to science and business

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