IN SECONDS, WATER CAN STEAL A LIFE
This is National Water Safety Awareness Week 2018 (June 18 – 24)
During the recent spell of good weather, thousands enjoyed our beaches and inland waterways yet it was also a time of tragic loss as ten people drowned accidentally. Such drownings can happen quickly, silently and in seconds but there are key steps to staying safe this summer.
As part of National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 18 – 24), Irish Water Safety is appealing to the public to use our outdoor waterways safely.
If you see someone in difficulty, these simple steps may save a life:
A. Shout to the casualty and encourage them to shore. This may orientate them just enough.
B. Reach out with a long object such a branch or a piece of clothing but do not enter the water yourself.
C. Throw a ringbuoy or any floating object and call 112 for the coast guard.
Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 19/06/2018