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Latest Safety Stories
A lion’s mane jellyfish in Newfoundland, Canada
#Jellyfish - Bathers have been put on alert in Galway Bay after a number of swimmers were hospitalised for stings by lion’s mane jellyfish. According to the Connacht Tribune, one woman was stung in the face on Saturday 9 June,…
Enniskillen RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
#RNLI - Enniskillen RNLI rescued two people on Lower Lough Erne after their 42ft cruiser broke free from its jetty during Storm Hector yesterday morning (Thursday 14 June). Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of the inshore lifeboat at 6.42am, with the volunteer…
The yacht beached near Waterville, Co Kerry, as seen earlier today
#StormHector - One sorry yacht owner felt the wrath of Storm Hector today (Thursday 14 June) when their vessel was founded beached near Waterville in Co Kerry, as RTÉ News reports. The Hanse yacht, named Seabiscuit, broke its mooring in…
A 32–foot Belfast-registered yacht had its propeller snagged in lobster pots near Dursey Island in County Cork
Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat was tasked this morning (Wednesday 13 June) at 5.22am by the Valentia Coast Guard to go to the assistance of a 32 foot Belfast-registered yacht which had its propeller snagged in lobster pots near Dursey Island in…
Arklow Lifeboat Rescues Lone Swimmer In Late Evening Callout
#RNLI#RNLI - Arklow RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched on Saturday evening (9 June) following a report of a lone swimmer in difficulty and being carried out to sea. A concerned member of the public had been out walking at North Quay…
Carrybridge Lifeboat Rescues Cow In Distress
#RNLI - Just two days before Carrybridge RNLI’s new inshore lifeboat had its naming ceremony, boat and crew launched to assist a cow that had fallen from a steep bank on Upper Lough Erne. The lifeboat and rescue water craft…
The new inshore lifeboat pictured with hew crew which is now located at Carrybridge and which has launched 13 times since going on service, was officially named Douglas, Euan & Kay Richards
At a special naming ceremony and service of dedication held today (Saturday 9 June), Carrybridge RNLI officially named its new Atlantic 85 class lifeboat, Douglas, Euan & Kay Richards, at the lifeboat station on Upper Lough Erne.  The honour of…
Waterways Ireland Warns Over Dangers Of Swimming In Navigations
#WaterSafety - Waterways Ireland has warned over the dangers of swimming and diving in and around navigation infrastructure such as bridges, locks, weirs, pontoons and harbour jetties. The possibility of a swimmer being struck by a vessel, its propeller or…
Bundoran Lifeboat Rescues Kayaker In Difficulty
#RNLI - Bundoran RNLI has rescued a kayaker who got into difficulty between Rossnowlagh and Creevy Pier yesterday evening (Thursday 7 June). The volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat by Malin Head Coast Guard at 8.11pm following…
The RNLI has created a new video here explaining the five steps to floating
The RNLI, in partnership with the GAA, through their Healthy Club Programme, has this morning (Thursday 7 June), launched its 2018 national drowning prevention campaign, Respect the Water, at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork. The campaign this year will see…
Four people were assisted by Lough Ree RNLI Volunteers when their boat got stuck on rocks
At 11am yesterday morning, (6 June 2018), Lough Ree RNLI inshore lifeboat crew were requested to launch by the Irish Coast Guard in Malin Head to go to the assistance of 4 people whose boat had got stuck on Slate…
Fenit RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
#RNLI - Fenit RNLI’s lifeboat volunteer crew responded to a number of calls received from people experiencing difficulties in the sea over the past seven days. The callouts included a person requiring medical assistance, another person getting into difficulty while…
The lifeboat, crewed by Alan Venner, with Georgia Keating, Jenna O’Shea and David Venner arrived with the casualty some 40 minutes later and established a tow to Crosshaven
At 9.45pm on 2 June, the crew of the Crosshaven RNLI Lifeboat in Cork Harbour were paged to assist a 39’ yacht on passage from the UK to Crosshaven. The vessel's given position was in the area of the ‘Power’…
Lough Derg RNLI crew check over the cruiser that ran aground at Tullabeg
#RNLI - A busy Bank Holiday Sunday (3 June) for RNLI lifeboat callouts began just after 9am, when Baltimore RNLI was tasked to a yacht that ran aground upriver from the West Cork village. The vessel, with two on board, got…
Athlone River Festival Promises A Fun-Filled Weekend
#Festivals - The River Shannon will come alive with the Athlone River Festival later this month. The Shannon has long been the base for festivals in the midlands centre, from the original Athlone People’s Regatta in the 1920s to the Athlone…
The Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 was involved in the emergency operation in Ennis yesterday
Two teenage boys have died in hospital after getting into difficulty swimming in a quarry lake in Ennis, as TheJournal.ie reports. Emergency services were called to the scene at a quarry lake near Ennis, Co Clare at 3.30pm yesterday afternoon…

Every Year Ireland's Search & Rescue Services deliver emergency life saving work on our seas, lakes and rivers.

Ireland's Water Safety Agencies work hard to provide us with the information we need to keep safe, while enjoying all manner of water based activities.

There's no better fun than getting out on the water but being afloat is a responsibility we all need to take seriously.

These pages detail the work of the rescue agencies. We also aim to promote safety standards among pleasure boaters, and by doing so, prevent, as far as possible, the loss of life at sea and on inland waters. If you have ideas for our pages we'd love to hear from you. Please email us at [email protected]

Think Before You Sink - Wear a Lifejacket

Accidents can happen fast on water and there may not be time to reach for a lifejacket in an emergency therefore don't just carry a lifejacket - wear it; if it's not on you, it can't save your life.

Irish Water Safety's Safe Boating Alert:

Check condition of boat and equipment, hull, engine, fuel, tools, torch.

Check the weather forecast for the area.

Check locally concerning dangerous currents and strong tides.

Do not drink alcohol while setting out or during your trip.

Carry an alternative means of propulsion e.g. sails and oars or motor and oars.

Carry a first aid kit on board and distress signals (at least two parachute distress rockets, two red hand flares).

Carry a fire extinguisher, a hand bailer or bucket with lanyard and an anchor with rope attached.

Carry marine radio or some means of communication with shore.

Do not overload the boat - this will make it unstable.

Do not set out unless accompanied by an experienced person.

Leave details of your planned trip with someone ashore - including departure and arrival times, description of boat, names of persons on board, etc.

Wear a Lifejacket at all times.

Keep an eye on the weather - seek shelter in good time.

In Marine Emergencies, call 999 or 112 and ask for Marine Rescue.

Lifejackets Checklist

Ensure Cartridges have not been punctured and are secured firmly.

Ensure all zips, buckles, fasteners and webbing straps are functioning correctly and adjusted to fit the user.

Check that fitted lights are operating correctly.

Ensure that Automatic Inflation devices are fully serviced and in date.

Check that the valve or lifejacket is not leaking.

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