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Tuesday 5 December 2023 Dublin: 4°C

# water safety

This year
44-foot yacht rescued after losing rudder on Celtic Sea
The vessel was towed to Ballycotton by an RNLI lifeboat and all five people aboard were unharmed.
Funeral of Irishman who died in Cork Ironman event to take place this week
Brendan Wall was originally from Slane, Co Meath, but living in the UK.
Public urged to bring a means of calling for help out on the water during activities
Water safety agencies are asking people to be cautious over the upcoming June bank holiday weekend.
ESB warns public to beware of dangers of swimming in reservoirs
The company said there is a risk of deep and fast-flowing waters, changing water levels and uneven ground.
Coast Guard rescues two children clinging to buoy off Malahide
A passing boat which happened to be helmed by an off duty member of the Howth Coast Guard team picked up the two children.
Coast Guard, Water Safety Ireland and RNLI warn public to be careful around water this Easter
Spring tides this weekend will cause higher than normal water levels at full tide.
Last year
Planning a Christmas day swim? Here's how to stay safe
Water Safety Ireland warns that recent cold weather may affect even the most experienced swimmers.
Cork lifeboat crew assists two people who tried to swim across bay after being cut off by tide
A rescue rib from a local adventure centre took one casualty from the water.
Public urged to be mindful of fire, water and road safety on bank holiday weekend
Summer bank holidays tend to the most dangerous for preventable deaths as people take to beaches or road trips.
Poll: Have you been for a swim this year?
People have been urged to keep safety in mind before taking to the water this summer.
Public urged to bring a communication device out on the water during activities
Water safety agencies are asking people to be cautious over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Swimmers warned about venomous fish that lurks in sand and packs 'excruciatingly painful' sting
Weever fish stings can leave people in pain for over two hours.
Water safety appeal issued ahead of bank holiday weekend
The Irish Coast Guard, the RNLI and Water Safety Ireland are urging people to stay safe in and on the water or along the coastline.
Coast Guard, RNLI and Water Safety Ireland issue joint warning ahead of bank holiday weekend
The organisations are advising people to take care in and on the water or along the coastline.
All time
Ceremony held in Dún Laoghaire for 4 crew members who died at Christmas 200 years ago
The outdoor ceremony also honoured the lives of those who died on Irish coasts this year.
RNLI and Coast Guard issue safety appeal for Christmas swimmers after busy year of callouts
Both organisations have seen an almost 20% increase in callouts this year.
Irish Water: Wexford incident 'a serious failure' and shows system 'no longer fit for purpose'
The utility also said it was not informed of an incident in Ballymore Eustace until 10 days after it occured.
The utility has said it was not informed of two recent incidents until after they were resolved by local authorities
Irish Water tells Oireachtas Committee it 'has no direct control over water treatment plants'
Managing director Niall Gleeson has said 'a single public utility is the answer'
All water treatment plants to be audited after at least 52 people fall ill
At least 52 people fell ill after contaminated water entered the public drinking supply
Man dies after being taken from water in Dún Laoghaire
The man was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Water Safety in Ireland: 'Our initial reaction is to gasp, don't use up that energy'
The RNLI and the Department of Transport are appealing for people to be conscious of water safety this weekend.
Man dies after being taken from water in Tramore
The man in his 60s was pulled from the water yesterday.
ESB warns public of dangers of swimming in reservoirs
The company has said there is a risk of deep and fast-flowing waters, changing water levels and uneven ground
Opinion: We need to now prioritise water safety in Ireland as we did road safety
Roger Sweeney of Water Safety Ireland says we must educate people on the importance of learning to swim and best ways to interact with water.
Sunny weather for the weekend ahead - with a possible high of 26 degrees on Sunday
As people travel to the water to cool down this weekend, Water Safety Ireland have asked the public to be careful.
Kinsale RNLI crew rescue man after spotting him in sea during routine training exercise
The Coast Guard’s R115 helicopter also attended and transported the man for further medical attention.
'Don't assume it's safe': Coast Guard and RNLI issue bank holiday warning
Lots of people will be enjoying Ireland’s coastline over the summer.
'A lot of children' need to learn to swim following closure of swimming pools for a year
Water Safety Ireland said however that it will be running classes at 200 beaches this summer.
Paddleboarder (17) rescues child blown out to sea on inflatable swan off Scottish coast
The teenager was praised for his quick actions.
21-year-old recounts how she rescued family who got into difficulty off Donegal coast
A father and his three daughters got into difficulty in the water off Portsalon beach.
Over 1,000 people drowned in Ireland over the past 10 years
A new website has been launched to provide advice and tips on water safety to the public.
Irish Coast Guard issues water safety warning after six teens swept out to sea in west Cork
Temperatures over the bank holiday weekend are expected to reach the high 20s.
'Now is not the time to become complacent': Rescue services urge public to avoid water-based exercise
It’s feared that people may become complacent and be tempted to take to the water or visit coastal areas this bank holiday weekend.
'Get in, get out and warm up': Irish Water Safety issues advice ahead of traditional Christmas swims
An average of 127 people drown each year in Ireland.
Planning on a Christmas day swim? Here's how to stay safe
Irish Water Safety is warning that cold water immersion and hypothermia can overwhelm even the fittest of swimmers.
'It can end in tragedy' - Public warned about jumping into unguarded waters
A group of young people were spotted jumping from a bridge in Dublin’s docklands into the Royal Canal.
Father and sons saved by lifeboat after getting caught in rip current
All three were taken to hospital.
Two men drown in separate incidents over the weekend
The incidents occurred in Dun Laoghaire and Killybegs.
'Stay safe, make smart decisions': Here's how to look after yourself during the warm weather
Met Éireann has said that this weekend will see temperatures hit as high as 25 degrees.
People warned not to swim in quarries over bank holiday weekend
According to Irish Water Safety, 62% of drownings occur inland where river and lake beds can be difficult to see.
Planning to take a dip? Despite warm weather Irish waters cool enough to trigger cold water shock
Irish waters rarely exceed 15C according to the RNLI and the Irish Coast Guard.
Spending your Easter weekend by the sea? Don't think twice if you see someone in trouble
The Coast Guard has also urged people planning to go out on the water to make sure they are prepared.