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Lifeguards Rescued 173 Swimmers Last Month
Lifeguards rescued 173 casualties from our beaches, rivers and lakes last month, that is 240 less than last July. There were 278 children lost and reunited with their parents. There were another 8,665 accidents prevented by the proactive actions of…
Cliff-Jumper Saved From Drowning By Passing Lifeboat Volunteer
#WaterSafety - Dangerous cliff-jumping is putting lives at risk says one lifeboat volunteer after he rescued a young woman from drowning. According to the Sunday Independent, off-duty Dun Laoghaire RNLI man Wayne Farrell spotted the woman unconscious in the water…
#WaterSafety - There's never a good reason to go out on the water without a lifejacket. But as TheJournal.ie reports, the Irish Coast Guard still hears plenty of excuses. Chief among them is the old chestnut, "I have lifejackets on…
Medal Haul For Irish Lifesavers At Euro Champs
#lifesaving – Ireland's top Lifeguards have won 18 medals in Wales at the European Lifesaving Championships. Ireland have never won so many medals at and International event before. Medal Winners were:Bernard Cahill from Clare won Gold in the Surf Swim…
'Operation Safe Water' Brings Agencies Together To Promote Safety Awareness Among Water Users
#WaterSafety - Inter-agency efforts to promote safer enjoyment of the water were the order of the day at Operation Safe Water, which took place in Howth Harbour yesterday (Thursday 9 July). Members of An Garda Siochana, the Irish Coast Guard…
Beware of High Tides Caused By the Full Moon
#fullmoon – The warm weather has brought many people out to enjoy the seaside and coastal walks, however the CEO of Irish Water Safety, John Leech is warning the public that there is a full moon tomorrow 2nd of July…
RNLI Lifeguards Deal With First Major First Aid Incident Ahead Of Summer Season In Northern Ireland
#WaterSafety - RNLI lifeguards commenced full-time summer patrol on 10 beaches in Northern Ireland at the weekend. Following weeks of intensive training in preparation for the new season, the lifeguards will be keeping visitors safe on seven beaches along the…
Hot Tub Adrift In English Channel, Vessels Warned
#HotTub - Vessels in the English Channel have been warned to keep watch for a hot tub adrift in the water after a houseboat sank near Brighton this week. On Wednesday 17 June, Newhaven RNLI attended to a tug towing…
NMCI To Host International IASST Meeting & Conference
#WaterSafety - The National Maritime College of Ireland, as a member of the International Association of Safety and Survival Training (IASST), be hosting the 67th International IASST Meeting & Conference on 19-20 October 2015 at the NMCI campus in Ringaskiddy.…
Marine Notice: Code Of Practice For The Safe Operation Of Recreational Craft
#MarineNotice - In response to recommendations by the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB), Marine Notice No 26 of 2015 has been issued to promote and highlight the Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Recreational Craft, as well as…
Number of UK Drownings at Lowest Since Records Began
#drowning – The number of accidental drownings in the UK has fallen to its lowest level since records began. There were a total of 338 water-related deaths from accidents or natural causes across the UK in 2014, according to a…
Coroner Rules Misadventure In West Cork Diver Deaths Inquest
#WaterSafety - Recreational divers must follow safety guidelines to the letter, a coroner has urged during the inquest into the death of two diving enthusiasts off West Cork last summer. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the two men in their…
Families Risk Lives In Howth As Waves Break Over Harbour Wall
#WaterSafety - Families were spotted risking their lives on Howth's exposed harbour walls in recent stormy weather conditions. TheJournal.ie reports with photos of some parents with children as young as toddler age frolicking under the waves as they crashed over…
New Website For Schools Promotes 'Water Safety Fun'
#WaterSafety - Irish Water Safety (IWS) has launched its new water safety website for primary school teachers, pupils and parents. The site for IWS' Primary Aquatic Water Safety programme, or PAWS, combines clear, simple water safety messages with material for…
Maritime Safety Strategy – What Does It Mean for Leisure Sailors?
#safetyatsea – Last Thursday (April 16) the Department of Transport published its Maritime Safety Strategy, resulting from the "Sea Change" consultation last year. By chance this coincided exactly with our publication of the ICC's independent analysis of the Marine Casualty…
President Will Open County Clare Lifesaving Training Centre
#lifesaving – President Michael D. Higgins will officially open a new Lifesaving Training Centre at White Strand, Miltown Malbay, Co Clare this afternoon.  The centre will train Lifeguards and the general public in Irish Water Safety's syllabus for swimming, water…

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