Galway camogie player Shauna Healy backs RNLI summer water safety campaign
Galway camogie player Shauna Healy has joined a host of well-known GAA people who have given their backing to the RNLI’s summer water safety campaign by producing their own home video messages with important water safety advice.
The videos are part of the partnership between the RNLI and the GAA to prevent drowning and save lives.
The Ardrahan player is joined by former Kilkenny hurler Jackie Tyrrell, Cork footballer Brian Hurley, Dublin footballer Lyndsey Davey, Antrim hurler Neil McManus and former Kerry footballer Killian Young, as well as GAA commentator Marty Morrissey. Each video features a water safety message and includes the charity’s ‘Float to Live’ message, how to raise the alarm if you see someone in trouble, carrying a means of calling for help, leaving inflatables at home and always telling someone where you are going. The RNLI and the GAA will be sharing the videos online and hope that people will in turn share them among their own friends and family. This summer is already looking to be one of the busiest for lifeboat crews and the charity is asking people to be aware of the potential dangers involved in their chosen water activities.
Commenting on the campaign RNLI Head of Water Safety Gareth Morrison said, ‘In working with well-known people from the GAA we have been able to share life-saving advice with the people we know need to hear it the most. Through this partnership RNLI volunteers have been working with GAA communities locally to share water safety advice. Sharing this advice and information during a busy summer could save a life. We are grateful to our ambassadors who made these videos for us and while we haven’t been able to come together, we have still been able to work together to help save lives.’
Shauna filmed her video on Traught beach in Kinvara near where she lives and where she takes recovery sessions after training or goes for a swim. Her video message tells people take care when walking near the coast and to stay back from the edges and watch your footing. Always carry a means of calling for help and know how to raise the alarm if you see someone in trouble, by calling 999 or 112 and asking for the Coast Guard.
Commenting on her involvement in the video Shauna said ‘I am delighted to be involved with the RNLI on their GAA partnership. Living in Galway I know how lucky we are to have such a beautiful coastline and the opportunities we have to enjoy the water in a variety of activities. This year many of us will be holidaying close to home and it’s important that we look out for each other. Having some basic water safety advice could save a life. The RNLI/GAA partnership is looking to raise water safety awareness within our communities and to give everyone simple water safety advice. By sharing the videos and hearing the messages we can keep people safe on the water and protect our communities.’
RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Niamh Stephenson, RNLI Regional Media Manager Tel: 00353 87 1254 124 email: Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk or
Nuala McAloon, RNLI Regional Media Officer Tel: 00353 87 648 3547 email: Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.