There has been a seasonable rise in the number of search and rescue incidents across the country.

More than 600 incidents on the water have been recorded so far this year.

The Coast Guard, RNLI and Water Safety Ireland are jointly asking people this bank holiday weekend to take basic steps to stay safe.

Irish Coastguard Operations Manager, Micheál O'Toole says they need to have a back up means of communication other than a phone.

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