Water Safety Warning issued in the run up to June Bank Holiday

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The Coast Guard, Water Safety Ireland and the RNLI have issued a statement advising people of precautionary measures they should take around water over the Bank Holiday weekend. 

This time of year tends to show an increase in incidents related to water-based activities. Members of the public are advised to follow the advice of these organisations to minimise the risk of water-based incidents occurring. 

The Coast Guard, RNLI and Water Safety Ireland have released this advice for the public to have an enjoyable weekend while keeping safety as a priority 

  • Check the forecast for your local area, including tide times and sea conditions for coastal activities.
  • Always carry a means of calling for help and keep it within reach.
  • Water temperatures are still cold. Acclimatise by getting in slowly, swim within your depth and avoid staying in the water for extended periods. Swimmers should be aware of rip currents and if caught in one should swim parallel to shore and then back to land.
  • Swim with others, never alone, in recognised, traditionally safe bathing areas. Lifeguarded waterways are listed at watersafety.ie .
  • Supervise children at all times near water and never use inflatable toys in open water as currents and breezes can cause persons to be swept out to sea, endangering those onboard or others trying to assist.
  • If you find yourself struggling in the water unexpectedly remember Float to Live. The best way to float is to tilt your head back with your ears submerged. Try to relax and breathe normally. You can gently move your hands to help you stay afloat if you need to. Spread your arms and legs out to improve stability. Once your breathing is under control, call for help or swim to safety.
  • Stranding is a risk when low tides expose areas of the coastline for walkers to explore sandbanks. Watch out for incoming tides, local signage, and always carry a fully charged mobile phone.
  • Wear a Personal Flotation Device when paddle boarding, kayaking or boating, or when angling from shore.
  • Avoid alcohol as it impairs judgement, balance and coordination – all essential for swimming and boating and avoiding hazards in the water.
  • If you see somebody in trouble on the water or along the coast or if you suspect that they are in trouble, dial 112 or use Marine VHF channel 16 and ask for the Coast Guard


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