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114 Drowned in 2014, 23 More than 2013

79% were male; six were children aged 14 and under; appeal - "Teach children how to stay safe near water." Today's release by Irish Water Safety of the drowning statistics for 2014 reflects the importance of uninterrupted child supervision and an appeal for people to take training before pursuing aquatic…
Ryan Coleman
24th June 2015
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Irish National Water Safety Awareness Week 2015

Know the drowning risks to avoid summer tragedy To mark National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 15th - 21st), Irish Water Safety is appealing to teachers in our 3,500 primary schools to give the 500,000 children the vital information they need before the summer holidays. People drown silently, quickly and…
Ryan Coleman
17th June 2015
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Recent News from RLSS Cameroon

Drowning prevention, aquatic survival and lifesaving training continue in Cameroon despite hardships and persecutions. In Limbe, located in the South-West region of Cameroon where drowning is widely prevalent, the Royal Lifesaving Society Cameroon (RLSS Cameroon) continues to empower women and young people from poor and marginalised communities. RLSS Cameroon has…
Ryan Coleman
9th June 2015
Advice

Water Safety Advice to Keep You Safe this Christmas

Irish Water Safety is appealing to the public to take extreme care when taking part in sponsored swims. Participants can be distracted by the occasion and take chances beyond what is acceptably safe and can be left without sufficient strength to climb out of the water due to the cold.…
Ryan Coleman
16th December 2014
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Lifeguards Rescued 413 Irish Swimmers Last Month

The CEO of Irish Water Safety, John Leech, is urging the public to use the Local Authority manned lifeguarded bathing places to ensure there are no more swimming tragedies this summer. Please take heed of advice given by the lifeguards and supervise your children, as lifeguards are not baby sitters.…
Ryan Coleman
6th August 2014
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91 Drowned in 2013, the Lowest Since 1936

75% were male; Half were adults aged 30-59 60%: accidents; 20%: suicides; 20%: undetermined Irish Water Safety (IWS) has appealed to the public to stay vigilant around water and not to become another drowning statistic. This appeal comes in the wake of IWS drowning statistics for 2013 which recorded 91…
Ryan Coleman
15th July 2014
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People-Plunge for Zero Drownings in 2014

On January 1st 2014 the national annual drowning statistics are reset to zero. Every year, an average of 140 people die in tragic preventable drownings and in one particularly tragic ten day period in the summer of 2013 a total of twelve people drowned nationwide. As a mark of remembrance…
Ryan Coleman
6th January 2014