Irish Water Safety

  • Friday night's full moon means higher tides and stronger currents along the coastline this weekend.

    That's according to Irish Water Safety which is appealing to all to take care when taking part in any activities in or near the sea this weekend.

    Despite high temperatures on land, coastal and inland water temperatures will only reach between 8 and 10 degrees.

  • Lifeguards throughout the country found more 300 children wandering close to water without any supervision last year.

    In 2018, lifeguards rescued 303 people who were in difficulty.

    Irish Water Safety, based in Galway,  says lifeguards should not be treated as babysitters, and is calling on parents to pay more attention to their children at the beach.

  • The numbers of people who died by drowning in Ireland are almost as high as those fatally injured in road collisions – but there are a number of water safety measures people can take to protect themselves if they’re going swimming in the sea, rivers or lakes, or undertaking water sports.

    That’s according to Irish Water Safety deputy Chief Executive Roger Sweeney, who says some 133 people die by drowning in Ireland each year – which equates to 11 people per month.

    He’s warning of the dangers of cold shock and hypothermia, as well as strong currents in rivers and streams, and is advising people to swim within their ability.

  • Swimmers are being warned to look out for rip-tides after last night's new moon.

    That's a thin channel of water that can pull swimmers away from the shore.

    Water Safety Ireland's Roger Sweeney says there's also a potential threat for anyone boating or angling - or walkers getting stranded by incoming tides.