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Castlehaven GAA Healthy Clubs representative and well-known open water swimmer Noel Browne urges people to fight their instincts and float if they enter the water unexpectedly
#RespectTheWater - As temperatures look set to soar across Ireland, new research commissioned by the RNLI reveals that more than a third of Irish people would follow their instincts and fight against the water if they unexpectedly fell into it.…
Drinking & Boating? Think Again - Alcohol Persists As ‘Significant Factor’ In Marine Incidents Says DTTAS
#Alcohol - Alcohol consumption “continues to be a significant factor” in marine incidents involving recreational craft. That’s according to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS), whose latest Marine Notice highlights the risks to the public associated with drink…
County Clare dominated at the life–saving championships
County Clare lifesavers emerged as the dominant county despite strong challenges from some of Ireland's fittest Lifesavers competing at Irish Water Safety's National Lifesaving Championships in the University of Limerick this weekend. The championships attracted a record entry of 327.…
A still from the video showing the child swept off their feet by the wave at Portstewart’s promenade
#WaterSafety - The Irish Coast Guard has once again warned the public to stay back and say safe in coastal areas during severe weather after video emerged of a young child swept off their feet by a surprise wave. Independet.ie…
Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government with 'Seiko Just In Time Award' recipients Sergeant Kieran O Regan, Gardai Claire Murphy, Mark Holden, Kieran Hayes (Tipperary) and Martin O'Sullivan, Chairman of Irish Water Safety at the annual Irish Water Safety Awards held at Dublin Castle.
Thirty-two lives were saved from drowning through the brave actions of forty-seven rescuers who will receive recognition at Irish Water Safety's National Annual Awards Ceremony at the Print Works Conference Centre, Dublin Castle on Tuesday 8th November, from 3pm to…
The RNLI's tonne of water at Spanish Arch in Galway city
#RespectTheWater - The RNLI has placed a tonne of water in Galway and Dun Laoghaire respectively for the summer months in a bid to show visitors and locals alike the power of the water, river and sea. The tonnes of…
The RNLI's Beach Builder Challenge uses the popular video game Minecraft to teach water safety
#WaterSafety - This summer the RNLI is launching the second year of the popular Beach Builder Challenge using the interactive video game Minecraft, which allows children to create and build virtual worlds. Available to play from Monday 1 August, the…
Water Safety Week Urges Prevention Of Summer Drownings
#WaterSafety - Thirty-seven children aged 14 and under have drowned in Ireland a decade - a sobering statistic to note just weeks before half a million children in Ireland will be on summer holidays. To mark Water Safety Week, running…
Ireland's waters host a number of stinging jellyfish, such as the blue jellyfish
#Jellyfish - Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has raised the red warning flag in Sandycove and erected signs warning swimmers of the presence of stinging jellyfish in the water and washed up on the beach. Photographs have been taken and sent…
RNLI lifeguards on beach patrol
#Lifeguards - RNLI lifeguards will commence full-time summer patrol on 10 beaches in Northern Ireland from next Saturday 25 June. Following a busy period of intensive training in preparation for the new season, the lifeguards will be keeping visitors safe…
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…
A Coastguard helicopter rescue an injured crew man from a capsized trimaran on Dublin Bay in 2013.  At year end 2015, approximately 64% of all Irish Coast Guard call outs relating to vessels were linked to recreational craft use
It's now prime boating time in Ireland with long evenings and warm weather for enthusiasts to re–engage with their passion. It is timely that we share some thought-provoking facts in advance of this period of increased boating activity in the…
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…

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