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Play safe with your life - 112 lost to drowning last year
Irish Water Safety has a serious message to everyone enjoying waterways in August - Swim at Lifeguarded Waterways. Irish Water Safety trained Lifeguards will provide all the information and protection you need to stay safe during the busiest month of…
Graphic Water Safety Ads Could Save Lives - Jim Higgins MEP
Drowning is frighteningly the second cause of death and injury for children in the EU, the primary causes are inability to swim and alcohol induced poor supervision of children - particularly on holidays. "We must remember that children can drown…
Search Resumes for Missing Teen on Donegal Coast
Searching resumed at first light this morning for a teenager reported missing last night in Co Donegal. The 17-year-old, believed to be from Derry, was last seen by friends around 1:30am when their group went swimming in Lough Swilly at…
Drownings at Their Lowest in 58 years, Males account for 85% of Accidental drownings
Irish Water Safety has appealed to the public to stay vigilant around water in this warm weather and not to become another drowning statistic. This appeal targets all but more particularly those aged 45-65 who alarmingly accounted for 85% of…
German Highest Honour for Irish Lifesaver
An International Lifesaving Conference for European Lifesaving Federations from 22 countries throughout Europe was held in Dublin last weekend.  Many issues concerning water safety and rescue were discussed, with particular emphasis on standardisation within Europe with regard to beach safety,…
Report Into Loss of Janireh Crewman Now Online
The full report of the investiation into the loss of a crewman from the fishing vessel Janireh earlier this year is now availble online. Egyptian national Nadi Sehsaah died after falling overboard from the trawler some 20 nautical miles…
Basic Safety On the Water
Even the most experienced people with the best equipment can run into danger on the water, according to the RNLI's Irish sea safety officer. Kevin Rahill told The Irish Times that standards are improving in terms of safety awareness, but…
National Water Safety Awareness Week Begins
How long can you hold your breath in water? Breathing is easy until you fall overboard. Your lifejacket will be your lifeline, that's the message from Irish Water Safety in a message tailored for boaters at this week's start of…
Firm Offers Security for Wexford Lifebuoys
A security firm based in Wexford town has offered electronic protection and 24-hour monitoring to Wexford County Council in a bid to secure funding for lifebuoys on Wexford Bridge. According to the Wexford People, the move comes after a spate…
Family Considers Legal Action Over Kayak Trip Victim
The Irish Independent reports that the family of a man who drowned with a friend on a kayaking trip are considering legal action over the lack of warning signs at the weir where they lost their lives. Accident investigators have…
Boy Drowns in Liffey, Diver Treated for Bends
Gardaí have confirmed that a 14-year-old boy drowned in the River Liffey near Clane, Co Kildare on Saturday. According to The Irish Times, it is believed the accident occurred while the teen was playing in the river with friends. His…
Lifejackets Could've Saved Lives
86 maritime deaths between 2007 and 2010 may have been avoided if those involved had worn a lifejacket or buoyancy aid for water safety. This is the latest finding of an expert panel which has been analysing maritime accidents since…
Irish Water Safety Launches TV Campaign
Irish Water Safety (IWS) has launched a new TV awareness campaign to highlight best practice whether in, on or around water in an effort to cut the number of tragic drownings on our coasts and waterways. "Ireland is blessed with…
Corrib Drilling Advisory to Vessels
The Department of Transport's latest marine notice advises on the start of offshore drilling operations by Shell Ireland at the Corrib gas field in Co Mayo. Drilling is scheduled to begin on or around 13 April, to last for approximately…
New Database Reveals Deaths in UK Waters
The first report from a new incident database shows that more than 400 people died from accidents or by natural causes in water across Great Britain and Northern Ireland in 2009. The WAID (Water Incident Database) was developed by the…
Updated List of Approved Liferafts for Small Fishing Vessels
The Department of Transport's latest marine notice adds two more classes of liferaft to those deemed acceptable for use on small fishing vessels that do not require SOLAS/MED approval. The list of accepted four-person inflatable liferafts (all with SOLAS Pack)…

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