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Ice-related drownings can occur when the rescuer gets into difficulty attempting to rescue another person or a dog
Water Safety Ireland is advising parents to supervise their children over the next few days until the current spell of hard weather moves away. The best advice is to stay off the ice, however, children will be tempted to play…
File image of Rosslare Harbour RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
The RNLI is urging anyone who is able under Irish or UK government guidelines to visit the coast during lockdown to stay safe and not take any unnecessary risks that may put extra pressure on emergency services. As both the…
Coast Guard Helicopter services, provided under contract by CHC Ireland, operate day and night services out of Bases at Sligo, Shannon, Dublin and Waterford
In an end of year commentary, the Coast Guard has highlighted, that despite the impact of Covid-19, 2020 has proven to be a relatively busy year. Overall, the Coast Guard coordinated 2643 incidents in comparison with 2490 incidents in 2019.…
Christmas Swims Must Be Different This Year - Water Safety
This Christmas is very different from all our other Christmases we have experienced and thousands of people around the country who will want to immerse themselves in our invigorating waters must demonstrate compliance with our NPHET guidelines says John Leech…
Skerries RNLI en route to Donabate on Saturday afternoon
Skerries RNLI’s volunteer crew were tasked on Saturday afternoon (28 November) after a call to emergency services reported concerns over a group of sea swimmers off Donabate. The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Louis Simson was launched shortly before 3pm to…
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…

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