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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)…
Nine out of 10 Distress Alerts in US 'Have No Location Info'
The US Coast Guard has shown concern at the number of distress calls made from yachts that do not include GPS position information to aid rescuers in their location. Already in the US, all newly installed VHF radios are required…
1,499 Lives Lost in Ten Year Tragic Tide of Drownings
Irish Water Safety is calling for people to be more aware of the dangers presented by water based activities and wants the general public to know that there are many reasons people drown which are not simply limited to warmer…
The family of a drowning victim are exploring the idea that seals could be utilised to recover bodies lost in rivers or at sea, The Clare People reports. Brian Mooney - father of 31-year-old Brecan Mooney, whose body was never…
Stay Away from the Edge Warns Irish Water Safety
Irish Water Safety is asking people to keep away from the water's edge during the current violent storm force winds and high seas. Ireland averages 153 drownings every year and every year a number of tragedies occur as a result…
Flooding Risk - Know How to Stay Safe
Irish Water Safety has today warned about the increased risk to the public in our current and forecast flood conditions. During this coming Sunday afternoon and evening it will become very windy with widespread heavy rain and very strong West…
Full Moon Prompts Weekend Safety Warning
Spring Tides and an uncertain weather forecast can make this weekend more hazardous than usual. Irish Water Safety is reminding boaters, sailors, surfers, divers and anglers that there is a full moon on Saturday so they need to be aware…
International Honour for Irish Water Safety Official
The International Federation Of Swimming Teachers Associations (IFSTA) and Irish Water Safety (IWS) have announced the election of Jim Lawlor of Sligo as President West of IFSTA with responsibility for Europe, Africa, the Americas and Oceania at the World Conference…

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