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RNLI Reaches Out To Ireland’s Immigrant Communities In New Water Safety Campaign

19th September 2020
The new Arabic language water safety posters from the RNLI and Irish Refugee Council 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 open water swimming, as The Irish Times reports.

It follows two incidents over the summer in which Arabic speakers were rescued after getting into difficulty on inflatables off the coast.

The RNLI liaised with the Irish Refugee Council to translate its water safety messaging into Arabic, with more languages to follow.

The posters will be circulated in Direct Provision and emergency reception centres nationwide.

“The landscape of Ireland is so vast now, we have people from across the world living here,” said the RNLI’s Lisa Hollingum.

“Our work shouldn’t just be for English speaking people, everyone in Ireland should be educated about water safety.”

The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.

MacDara Conroy

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