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Swimming is prohibited at infrastructure such as locks such as this on the Royal Canal near Kinnegad
#WaterSafety - Waterways Ireland has echoed the recent advice over the dangers of the water during the current warm spell across Ireland. The latest marine notice from the management body for Ireland's inland navigations warns the public on the dangers…
The River Liffey at Islandbridge
#Drowning - Newstalk FM reports that a teenage boy has died after drowning in the River Liffey near Dublin city centre yesterday afternoon (Saturday 14 May). The body of the 13-year-old boy was recovered by the Garda Water Unit from…
Recall Notice For Safetmade Hydrostatic Release Units
#Recall - The UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has issued a recall notice for certain models of Safetmade hydrostatic release units (HRUs). While these HRUs have been approved as having a service life of three years, investigations have shown…
Waves breaking over Howth's East Pier are a danger to walkers
#WaterSafety - Howth Coast Guard has advised walkers to avoid the harbour's East Pier today (Sunday 10 April) due to the danger of breaking waves. It comes as Met Éireann issues a Status Yellow weather warning for most of the…
RNLI Lifeguards in Northern Ireland roll out educations programmes
#Lifeguards - RNLI lifeguards are hitting the surf again and bringing their popular beach safety programmes to school children and youth groups in Northern Ireland. Hundreds of children have already been through the programmes and learned valuable and important advice…
Marine Notice On Legal Requirements For Lifejackets & Buoyancy Aids
#WaterSafety - The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport addresses pleasure and recreational craft owners, masters and users with a brief summary of the legal requirements in relation to the wearing and carrying of lifejackets…
Howth RNLI community safety officer John McKenna with shore angler and accident survivor Colm Plunkett
#WaterSafety - Shore angler Colm Plunkett, who survived a near drowning incident last August, assisted the RNLI community safety team at the Ireland Angling 2016 show last weekend (20-21 February). Plunkett shared his experience with hundreds of fellow anglers and…
An exposed quayside and a runaway car poses real danger – see full video below
Not the best start to a day's sailing... A facebook video shows a car rolling over the edge of a Spanish quayside and a distressed driver in hot pursuit. The accompanying caption: 'If you park in a port: use your…
The dangers of winter storms and the risk posed by freak waves are illustrated on the beach of Porsguen near to Portsall in Western France when a retired couple are swept away this month. It is understood the couple survived the…
Clare lifesavers emerged as the dominant county once again despite strong challenges over two days at the University of Limerick pool for the IWS National Championships at the weekend. Defending their overall titles in several key events, Clare won the…

Irish Water Safety's long and proud history has been published, thanks to the wonderful efforts of author Tiarnan O'...

Posted by Irish Water Safety on Wednesday, 9 December 2015
#WaterSafety - Irish Water Safety's "long and proud history" has been paid tribute in a new book by author Tiarnan O'Sullivan The History of Irish Water Safety is the culmination of two years of research by the Cork-based writer, who…

STORM DESMONDBy posting this video of Storm Desmond in Salthill, Galway I wish to highlight the absolute madness and stupidity of what these youngsters are doing. I do not know if they are strong swimmers or not, that is not the case, if any one of them got into difficulties there was no one there to do anything for them. The voluntary and rescue services are kept busy enough without having to worry about this type of stupid behaviour. Please God, everyone will have a happy Christmas, perhaps it could have been very different. I would like to make it very clear that I or anyone else do not condone or see any "macho" side to this incident. In a couple of hours this video clip has received 168,000 views across the globe and everyone is of the same opinion "fools", "eejits", "morons" and worse. Count your blessings and do not, ever, repeat this type of "stunt". Cathal Devlin

Posted by Cathal Devlin on Friday, 4 December 2015
#StormDesmond - It was a 'red' alert for western coastal counties this weekend as Storm Desmond blew in from the Atlantic with extreme gusts and downpours. But amid the damage and disruption across the country, Galway-based photographer Cathal Devlin took…
Forty-two rescuers from twenty-four dramatic near-death incidents will receive recognition at Irish Water Safety's National Annual Awards Ceremony at The Print Works Conference Centre, Dublin Castle tomorrow. Twenty-eight lives were saved from drowning through the brave actions of these rescuers.…
#WaterSafety - Shore angler Colm Plunkett, who credits his lifejacket with saving his life after he was swept into the sea earlier this year, is supporting a water safety campaign launched this week by the RNLI throughout Ireland and the…
#BeachRescue - Irish Water Safety has posted a compilation video from last month's National Beach Rescue Championships, which took place at Spanish Point in Co Clare. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the beach at Spanish Point was among the safest…
Northern Ireland's RNLI lifeguards in 2015
#Lifeguards - As RNLI lifeguards prepare to bring the 2015 season to a close this weekend in Northern Ireland, the charity that saves lives at sea has appealed to anyone planning a trip to the beach during the autumn and…