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Friday 3 February 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# water safety

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2022
# brave the waves
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.
# ringabella bay
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.
# August
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.
# Your Say
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.
# stay safe
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.
# weever fish
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
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.
# water safety
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
# RNLI
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.
# cold water shock
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.
# Water quality
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
# Dublin
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
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.
# Tramore
Man dies after being taken from water in Tramore
The man in his 60s was pulled from the water yesterday.
# water safety
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
Voices
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.
# exam weather
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.
# Cork
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.
# water safety
'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.
# be summer ready
'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.
# North Ayrshire
Paddleboarder (17) rescues child blown out to sea on inflatable swan off Scottish coast
The teenager was praised for his quick actions.
# Liveline
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.
# water safety
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.
# Near miss
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.
# Bank Holiday Weekend
'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.
# Be Safe
'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.
# brave the waves
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.
# water safety
'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.
# RNLI
Father and sons saved by lifeboat after getting caught in rip current
All three were taken to hospital.
# drowning deaths
Two men drown in separate incidents over the weekend
The incidents occurred in Dun Laoghaire and Killybegs.
# sun safety
'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.
# water safety
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.
# water safety
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.
# how to save a life
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.
# water safety
'They could have lethal consequences': Warnings issued over new mermaid craze
There has been an increased trend of the use of mermaid tails while swimming in the UK.
# Uneasy jet
Swimmers 'terrified' as jet skis speed around them in Dun Laoghaire
The Coast Guard said that it received a number of calls about the vehicles at Seapoint yesterday evening.
# water safety
A new documentary will feature RNLI lifeboats in Ireland - who launched 1,116 times last year
Saving Lives at Sea airs at 8pm next Wednesday on BBC Two.
# water safety
If you're near the water this weekend, here's what you need to remember
While temperatures out of the water can rise, the temperatures in the water rarely exceed 15C.
# Lough Derg
Man stranded for 12 hours on a boat because he 'didn't want to put anyone out'
The man spent the night alone on his craft on Lough Derg after it went aground having slipped its moorings.
# Out and Aboat
RNLI save eight people who got stuck on boat coming back from island daytrip
One person was taken to hospital.