Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council signs up to become RNLI Local Ambassador

Lifeboats News Release

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (dlr) is delighted to have signed up to become a RNLI Local Ambassador, committing itself to sharing vital water safety messages with the public throughout the council area this summer.

Dun Laoghaire RNLI sign up to become RNLI Local Ambassador

The RNLI which has three lifeboat stations in county Dublin at Dún Laoghaire, Howth and Skerries has already had a busy year to date and is anticipating a busy summer on the coast. Last year alone, volunteer crews at Dublin’s lifeboat stations launched 145 times and brought 163 people to safety.

As a local ambassador, the council will proactively help promote key water safety messages on behalf of the charity that saves lives at sea. This will include sharing locally tailored and activity specific water safety messages on our social media channels every week throughout the summer months.

As the summer approaches, dlr is encouraging people to come and visit its beaches but is also reminding everybody of the dangers the water can pose.

An Cathaoirleach, Cllr Una Power said: 'The Council is pleased to become a RNLI Local Ambassador. This is a great way for us to help the RNLI get important water safety information across to the wider public in our council area. It is our hope that work such as this will help to reduce water-based incidents and drownings. People visit the coast and our beaches to enjoy a range of activities by the sea and we want to help ensure they do so safely.'

Darina Loakman, Dún Laoghaire RNLI Water Safety Adviser added: ‘We would like to thank the Council and the many other local businesses in Dublin who have pledged to share advice that will help keep people safe around the coast.

'Last year during some weekends over the summer, there were multiple lifeboat launches for our volunteer crew here at Dún Laoghaire RNLI. The increased popularity of a range of water sports has seen more people in the water and we have also seen a rise in people getting cut off by the tide and becoming stranded. Over half the people that get into trouble in the water didn’t expect to get wet so having organisations such as the council working to deliver safety advice in this way is wonderful.'

Meanwhile, the Council has increased the number of beach lifeguards on duty this year. Seapoint, Sandycove and Killiney have a lifeguarding service during the bathing season from 1 June to the 15 September. Lifeguards are on duty from 12-6pm Monday to Friday and from 11am to 6pm Saturday, Sunday, and Bank Holidays.

RNLI Safety Message:

· Check tide times and heights,

· Always carry a means of communication,

· Always let family/friends know where you are going and when you will return,

· In case of emergency call 112/999 or use VHF Channel 16 and ask for the Coast Guard.

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Notes to Editor

For more RNLI safety advice, visit: https://rnli.org/safety

To find out more about being a RNLI ambassador, you can visit: https://rnli.org/support-us/volunteer/volunteering-opportunities/rnli-local-ambassador

For more life saving tips and advice visit the links below:

https://watersafety.ie/be-summer-ready/

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a00ea-summer-water-safety/

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.

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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.

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