Youghal RNLI shares key water safety advice ahead of Summer

Lifeboats News Release

Youghal RNLI is encouraging people to respect the water and heed key safety messages ahead of Summer

Youghal RNLI’s Community Safety team will be running a number of events throughout the summer and are inviting individuals and groups to get in touch if they would like the team to speak to them.

Mick Walsh, Youghal RNLI’s volunteer Community Safety Officer said while the RNLI wants people to have a fun and enjoyable summer, the charity also wants people to do that with safety in mind.

‘Whether you are a swimmer, a water-sports enthusiast, an angler, a boater or just enjoy walking on the beach, it is important for you to understand that there are risks involved with all water and water-side activities. It doesn’t matter what your activity might be, or how many times you’ve done it, accidents can happen. Part of our role is to help educate and share our knowledge with the public. We want to talk to people, to help them understand the risks better and to listen to their experiences’.

Mick Walsh said the RNLI has lots of safety advice on how to respect the water: ‘Most people who end up in trouble at the coast didn’t intend being in the water so it’s important to know what do to if you do get into difficulty and end up in cold water. The RNLI’s national drowning prevention campaign is called Respect The Water and lots of information can be found on the dedicated site www.respectthewater.com including how to float should you get into difficulty.

‘We want people to learn and remember simple messages such as how to call for help. Dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard if you or someone you see is in trouble. We can help people choose the best communication device for their activity. We also want people to wear a lifejacket or floatation device when on the water. Again we can help you choose the right personal flotation device (PFD) for your activity. We will also show you how to take care of your PFD properly.’

To get in touch with Youghal RNLI’s Community Safety Team, you can contact Mick…at rnlisafety.youghal@gmail.com. You can also keep an eye on Youghal RNLI’s Facebook page for more information detailing the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign which launches later this month and to find out when the Community Safety team is active.

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