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An exposed quayside and a runaway car poses real danger – see full video below
Not the best start to a day's sailing... A facebook video shows a car rolling over the edge of a Spanish quayside and a distressed driver in hot pursuit. The accompanying caption: 'If you park in a port: use your…
The dangers of winter storms and the risk posed by freak waves are illustrated on the beach of Porsguen near to Portsall in Western France when a retired couple are swept away this month. It is understood the couple survived the…
Clare lifesavers emerged as the dominant county once again despite strong challenges over two days at the University of Limerick pool for the IWS National Championships at the weekend. Defending their overall titles in several key events, Clare won the…
#WaterSafety - Irish Water Safety's "long and proud history" has been paid tribute in a new book by author Tiarnan O'Sullivan The History of Irish Water Safety is the culmination of two years of research by the Cork-based writer, who…
#StormDesmond - It was a 'red' alert for western coastal counties this weekend as Storm Desmond blew in from the Atlantic with extreme gusts and downpours. But amid the damage and disruption across the country, Galway-based photographer Cathal Devlin took…
Forty-two rescuers from twenty-four dramatic near-death incidents will receive recognition at Irish Water Safety's National Annual Awards Ceremony at The Print Works Conference Centre, Dublin Castle tomorrow. Twenty-eight lives were saved from drowning through the brave actions of these rescuers.…
#WaterSafety - Shore angler Colm Plunkett, who credits his lifejacket with saving his life after he was swept into the sea earlier this year, is supporting a water safety campaign launched this week by the RNLI throughout Ireland and the…
#BeachRescue - Irish Water Safety has posted a compilation video from last month's National Beach Rescue Championships, which took place at Spanish Point in Co Clare. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the beach at Spanish Point was among the safest…
#Lifeguards - As RNLI lifeguards prepare to bring the 2015 season to a close this weekend in Northern Ireland, the charity that saves lives at sea has appealed to anyone planning a trip to the beach during the autumn and…
Spanish Point beach in Clare will be amongst the safest in Ireland this Saturday when 152 Lifeguards from nine counties test their skills at Irish Water Safety's National Beach Rescue Championships. Simulated emergency rescue scenarios incorporating running, swimming, kayaking and…
Lifeguards Rescued 173 Swimmers Last Month
Lifeguards rescued 173 casualties from our beaches, rivers and lakes last month, that is 240 less than last July. There were 278 children lost and reunited with their parents. There were another 8,665 accidents prevented by the proactive actions of…
Cliff-Jumper Saved From Drowning By Passing Lifeboat Volunteer
#WaterSafety - Dangerous cliff-jumping is putting lives at risk says one lifeboat volunteer after he rescued a young woman from drowning. According to the Sunday Independent, off-duty Dun Laoghaire RNLI man Wayne Farrell spotted the woman unconscious in the water…
#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…
Medal Haul For Irish Lifesavers At Euro Champs
#lifesaving – Ireland's top Lifeguards have won 18 medals in Wales at the European Lifesaving Championships. Ireland have never won so many medals at and International event before. Medal Winners were:Bernard Cahill from Clare won Gold in the Surf Swim…
'Operation Safe Water' Brings Agencies Together To Promote Safety Awareness Among Water Users
#WaterSafety - Inter-agency efforts to promote safer enjoyment of the water were the order of the day at Operation Safe Water, which took place in Howth Harbour yesterday (Thursday 9 July). Members of An Garda Siochana, the Irish Coast Guard…
Beware of High Tides Caused By the Full Moon
#fullmoon – The warm weather has brought many people out to enjoy the seaside and coastal walks, however the CEO of Irish Water Safety, John Leech is warning the public that there is a full moon tomorrow 2nd of July…

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