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News from Irish Water Safety

Posted by Colin Becker 
News from Irish Water Safety
21 April, 2011 10:37
Greetings,

Irish Water Safety have just released the following timely reminder about
safety on the water.

Best Wishes,

Colin Becker
GMY Chang Sha
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PRESS RELEASE 21st April 2011
HEAT WAVE MASKS THE DANGER OF COLD WATER THIS EASTER

Our unseasonaly warm weather presents a simple danger this weekend, the cold
water that many will enjoy. Cold is the greatest causation of drowning in
Ireland, sea water temperatures are approximately 10? Centigrade and fresh
water is colder than this.

The CEO of Irish Water Safety, John Leech, has today warned about the
increased risk of water related accidents and tragedies this weekend,
thousands of marine leisure enthusiasts will take to our waters this weekend
to enjoy our unique waterways. Complacency has been a factor in many Bank
Holiday drownings. The public must take steps, including wearing a
lifejacket to avoid becoming a drowning statistic. On average, twelve
drownings occur in Ireland every month. We have lost too many people this
year already, mainly because people did not wear a lifejacket.

Swimming, diving, angling, canoeing, surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing
are popular holiday activities, ensure that you are adequately trained to
undertake them and don't over face yourself early in the season.

Children are fascinated and attracted to water, it is critical that adults
supervise children at all times around water, particularly children visiting
farms where slurry tanks and open water is often unprotected.

Alcohol is a contributory factor in almost 30% of drownings, therefore I ask
the public not to drink near water this weekend.

If you have not used your lifejacket or buoyancy since last year then you
will need to carry out the following checks.

* Visually Check all lifejackets and buoyancy aids for the following
deficiencies:
* Ensure CO2 Cartridges have not been punctured
* Ensure all zips, buckles, fasteners and webbing straps are functioning
correctly
* Check that fitted lights are operating correctly
* Check that the valve or lifejacket is not leaking by inflating the
lifejacket overnight or immersing it in water checking for air bubbles
* Discard any faulty lifejackets by destroying them
* Always use your crotch strap when fitting your lifejacket
* Detailed information on PFD's at [www.iws.ie]

? If you are in distress or in doubt of somebody's safety, then call 112
and ask for the Coast Guard.

For water safety information for children www.aquaattack.ie
To report missing ringbuoy's www.ringbuoys.ie

For more information and details of water safety classes in your area log on
to www.iws.ie or LoCall Irish Water Safety on 1890 420 202.

Irish Water Safety
The Long Walk
Galway
Tel: 091-56.44.00
Fax: 091-56.47.00

Mobiles: 087-6789600 John Leech; 087-6789601 Roger Sweeney
Email: info[AG]iws.ie
Website: www.iws.ie
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Re: News from Irish Water Safety
21 April, 2011 11:52
On behalf of the IWAI I would like to echo the IWS notice.

The weather is forecasted to be very good for the Easter Weekend and I hope you get the opportunity to partake in some of the many IWAI events planned across the Navigations. We have a number of members in transit along the entire Royal Canal - the first for a long number of years, Noodles on Derg, CICs and a Rally in Rathanghan.

A PFD is only a help when it works so be sure to check yours!!

Have a safe, fun and happy weekend on the water.

Greg Whelan
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