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Marine Notice on Legal Requirements for Personal Flotation Devices
#WATER SAFETY - The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) addresses the legal requirements for all recreational craft owners, masters and users in relation to the wearing and carrying of personal flotation devices (PFDs).…
Young Girl Dies in Hospital After Incident on Co Antrim Beach
#WATER SAFETY - The Belfast Telegraph reports that an 11-year-old girl has died in an accident at the seaside near Portballintrae in Co Antrim. The young girl, who has not yet been named, was taken to hospital in critical condition…
Teenager Drowns in Derry Reservoir Tragedy
#WATER SAFETY - Summer swimmers have been urged not to underestimate the coldness of the water after a teenager drowned in a Co Derry reservoir in the early hours of this morning. BBC News reports that emergency crews were called…
'Put Safety Before Complacency When You Go Boating' Warns Safety Body
#SAFETY– Warmer weather has turned many waterways into a playground for aquatic sports and boating activities. Accidents can happen fast on water and there may not be time to reach for a lifejacket in an emergency therefore don't just carry…
This Friday Last Day for 2012 Fingal Lifeguard Applicants
#WATER SAFETY - This coming Friday 30 March is the closing date for applications for Fingal County Council beach lifeguards for the 2012 summer season. Lifeguard cover will be provided on Fingal beaches on weekdays and weekends 11am to 7pm…
Irish Tourist Drowns in Melbourne
#WATER SAFETY - A 27-year-old Irish tourist had died after drowning in Melbourne, Australia on Tuesday, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The tourist and a colleague, who have not yet been named, had reportedly entered the Yarra River in central…
Teen Surfers Honoured for Saving Boy from Drowning
#WATER SAFETY - Two teenage surfers have been honoured for their brave effort in rescuing a young boy from drowning earlier this year, The Irish Times reports. http://afloat.ie/safety/water-safety http://afloat.ie/safety/rescue http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/1123/1224307999902.html Bernard Cahill, 17, and Donough Cronin, 16, from Ennis received…
Fatality Rate for Fishermen An 'Absolute Tragedy'
Fishermen and farmers make up more than half of all work-related fatalities in Ireland, according to the Minister for the Marine. As The Irish Times reports, Simon Coveney TD decried it as an "absolute tragedy" in the Dáil. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/1007/1224305390030.html He…
Lifeguarding in Ireland
It might be hard to believe it but there is plenty of work here in Ireland for the professional lifeguard, from working in a leisure centre swimming pool, to the beautiful beaches around the coast and a beach lifeguard is…
Swimmer Dies After Being Swept Out to Sea
A 35-year-old woman died after being swept out to sea while swimming at a beach in Co Clare yesterday, the Irish Independent reports. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/woman-35-dies-after-being-swept-out-to-sea-2836883.html The Limerick woman, named locally last night as Julie Burke, was caught in a strong current…
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. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/fishing/ Egyptian national Nadi Sehsaah died after falling overboard from the trawler some 20 nautical miles…

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