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Flares No Longer Needed To Signal Distress Says RYA
#Flares - Distress flares have outlived their usefulness in an age of modern water safety technology, says the Royal Yachting Association - which is urging British authorities to drop the requirement for flares on yachts larger than 13.7 metres. On…
Innovative Lifesaving Devices Vie For Design Award
#WaterSafety - A lifejacket that turns into a wetsuit and a special harness that keeps lifejacket wearers upright in the water are in contention for a top innovation prize, as Yachting Monthly reports. The Hydros personal flotation device (PFD), by…
Annual UK Drowning Figures Revealed Ahead of RoSPA Water Safety Seminar
#watersafety – The number of people accidentally drowning in the UK has dropped by nearly nine per cent in a year to 371 deaths in 2012, latest figures reveal. More than half of deaths from accidents or natural causes continued…
Junior Lifesaving Event Produces Two Irish Champions
Ireland took two "European Junior Champion" titles in the European Junior Lifesaving Championships, which took place in Riccione, Italy from 6th-8th September. The Championships simulate real life rescue situations that Lifeguards can expect to encounter as Lifesavers and pits the…
Video: RNLI Gives Top Help Tips For Kayakers
#WaterSafety - The RNLI has posted the above video outlining what kayakers can do to call for help if they get into difficulty on the water. Taking a whistle along for the trip is one sensible idea, as is ensuring…
Avoid Drownings for the Remainder of the Summer
#watersafety – Irish Water Safety is appealing to the public to stay safe for the remainder of the summer. John Leech, CEO of IWS is pleading with the public to be careful when you go swimming for the remainder of…
Irish Water Safety Slams Inflatable Toys As 'Floating Killers'
#WaterSafety - Irish Water Safety has described cheap inflatable boats and rafts as "floating killers", as The Irish Times reports. Water safety chiefs have urged the public to avoid using such inflatables on open water following last month's rescue of…
Marine Notice: Care And Use Of EPIRBs And Lifejackets
#MarineNotice - The latest Marine Notices from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) remind all mariners of the importance of safety at sea - both in seeking help and staying safe till help arrives. Marine Notice No 38…
Rugby Star's Cousin Knocked Out In Diving Accident
#WaterSafety - Herald.ie reports that a young cousin of rugby international Jonny Sexton was "shocked but recovering well" after she was knocked out in a diving accident last week. Fourteen-year-old Kelly Sexton was diving with friends off a 50-foot ledge…
Rosslare RNLI Praises Emergency Caller Despite False Alarm
#WaterSafety - Rosslare RNLI has given credit to the quick-thinking member of the public who raised the alarm over what they believed to be a swimmer in difficulty - even though the call-out turned out to be a false alarm.…
Big Rise in Coastal and Inland Rescue Calls Over 2012
#WaterSafety - Rescue call-outs for people swimming in inland waterways have risen more than 100% over the past two months compared to the same period last year, as The Irish Times reports. Coastguard call-outs overall have risen 50 per cent…
Four More Drownings Bring Renewed Water Safety Appeal
#WaterSafety - Four more people have drowned in separate incidents around Ireland as the heatwave continues. As RTÉ News reports, a 24-year-old man died while swimming in the sea near Ardara in Co Donegal yesterday afternoon (20 July). Later, the…
Derry Drowning Brings Heatwave Water Death Toll To Seven
#WaterSafety - Water safety chiefs have yet again underscored the dangers of swimming in unsupervised areas after a teenager drowned in Co Derry yesterday afternoon. The Irish Times reports that the 15-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital by police helicopter…
Fifth Drowning This Week Puts Water Safety In Spotlight
#WaterSafety - Water safety chiefs have urged the public to take proper care after the fifth drowning of this week's heatwave. As The Irish Times reports, the body of a 17-year-old boy was recovered yesterday from a canal in Ardnacrusha,…
Roscommon Drowning Marks Fourth Tragedy In Two Days
#WaterSafety - RTÉ News reports that a teenager has drowned in Co Roscommon in the fourth such tragic incident during this week's heatwave. The teen was one of three swimmers who went missing in Annaghmore Lough near Strokestown yesterday evening.…
Drownings in Galway and Cork Underline Hot Weather Water Risks
#Drowning - Three drownings over the weekend have underlined the importance of safety on the water during the current sunny spell. In Galway, residents of Moycullen were mourning the loss of a Lithuanian man who drowned while swimming with friends…

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