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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…
#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…
#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…
#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…
Spanish Point beach in Clare will be amongst the safest in Ireland this Saturday when 152 Lifeguards from nine counties test their skills at Irish Water Safety's National Beach Rescue Championships. Simulated emergency rescue scenarios incorporating running, swimming, kayaking and…

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