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A Cork County Council issued photograph posed to illustrate how the council is dealing with the matter of pleasure craft and water safety along the Cork Coast
There is a notable increase in leisure craft on the water all around the coast. Several incidents have been reported of users not adhering to harbour safety regulations, and Cork County Council's Senior Harbour Master has issued a warning that…
Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Recreational Craft
As the summer boating season approaches its height, the Department of Transport has issued a reminder to all masters, owners and users of pleasure vessels and recreational craft to familiarise themselves with the Code of Practice for the Safe Operation…
Since 2011, RNLI lifeguards have saved 48 lives in Northern Ireland
The RNLI in Northern Ireland has reached 10 years of delivering a world-class lifeguard service to coastal communities and their visitors along the Causeway Coast and in County Down. From this Saturday, 26 June, RNLI lifeguards will provide a full-time…
File image of jet skis
The Irish Coast Guard, Water Safety Ireland, Irish Sailing and RNLI have thanked the public for the positive response to a recent appeal to users of jet skis to respect the safety and wellbeing of other water users by remaining…
Amanda Cambridge with a photo of her son Avery Greene who drowned in a pool in Spain in August 2019.
The mother of a young boy who drowned during a family holiday in Spain almost two years ago has welcomed a new pre-school programme which aims to encourage small children to think about water safety. As The Times Ireland reports,…
An Cathaoirleach of DLRCoCo, Cllr Una Power pictured with Dun Laoghaire RNLI volunteers
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLRCoCo) has signed up to become an RNLI Local Ambassador, committing itself to sharing vital water safety messages with the public throughout the council area this summer. The RNLI — which has three lifeboat stations in…
Lahinch Beach in Co Clare
Irish beaches need full weekend lifeguard service at the very least this summer, a Co Clare surfing instructor says. Lahinch-based Ben Bennett told RTÉ’s Claire Byrne that lifeguard cover on Ireland’s coastal beaches lags behind that in the Frame and…
The UN Resolution recognises the association between drowning and development, as well as the critical inequity between countries and regions. Action on drowning prevention presents an important opportunity to make progress towards targets within several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Irish water safety organisations have welcomed the first-ever UN Resolution on Global Drowning Prevention which was adopted by the UN General Assembly last week. The UN adopted a historic Resolution on drowning prevention, acknowledging the issue for the first time in its 75-year…
Ahead of the May Bank Holiday weekend, the Port of Cork and Cork Water Safety are issuing a safety message to all marine leisure users in Cork Harbour, as well as swimmers and jet ski users. As the weather warms…
The dinghy was spinning in circles when emergency responders arrived at the scene off Miami, Florida on Monday 12 April
Marine Industry News reports on an incident in Florida recently where a man was thrown overboard from his motorised dinghy which then went out of control. According to the Miami Herald, the incident last Monday (12 April) at Fisherman’s Channel…
The Irish Tow Surf Rescue Club has also objected to a jetski ban
Water Safety Ireland has expressed concern about a proposal to ban the use of jetskis from a number of popular beaches on the Clare coastline. As The Times Ireland edition reports today, Clare County Council proposes prohibiting the launching of…
The multi-agency response at Whitewater Brook in Howth on Friday afternoon 2 April
TheJournal.ie reports that a man in his 20s has died after getting into difficulty while swimming in the sea off Howth yesterday afternoon, Friday 2 April. Howth Coast Guard Rescue and Howth RNLI were tasked to the scene at the…
File image of Larne RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
With the Easter holidays now begun in Northern Ireland, Larne RNLI is encouraging anyone planning to visit the coast to know the risks to protect themselves and their families and to heed key sea safety advice. Larne RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat…
File image of Lough Ree RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Lough Ree RNLI is urging the public using the River Shannon and Lough Ree to be safety conscious as they make the seasonal return to the waterway this weekend. The volunteer lifeboat crew at Lough Ree RNLI have, in line…
 The RNLI charity will deliver their usual lifeguard service across the Causeway Coast and in County Down this year
The RNLI has been working with partners behind the scenes through the challenges of lockdown to recruit, train and prepare their lifeguards for what is expected to be another busy summer on Northern Ireland’s beaches. The charity will deliver their…
A kill cord attached to an engine cut-off switch
In the United States, all operators of recreational vessels under 26 feet in length will soon be required to use an engine cut-off switch and kill cord under newly passed legislation. Kill cords are essentially safety tethers that cut power…