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  • Northside East

RNLI delivers safety advice 

Wednesday, 28th February, 2018 1:00pm
RNLI delivers safety advice 

Members of the RNLI Community Safety Team at the Ireland Angling 2018 exhibition in Swords: John McKenna, Laura Jackson, Colm Plunkett and Miryam Harris. PHOTO: TARA MURPHY

RNLI delivers safety advice 

Members of the RNLI Community Safety Team at the Ireland Angling 2018 exhibition in Swords: John McKenna, Laura Jackson, Colm Plunkett and Miryam Harris. PHOTO: TARA MURPHY

MEMBERS of Howth RNLI’s Community Safety Team were on hand to raise awareness and offer water safety advice at the Ireland Angling 2018 exhibition at the National Show Centre in Swords. 

The charity that saves lives at sea has been a popular presence at the annual fishing show for the last 11 years.

Hundreds of anglers and water sports enthusiasts from all over Ireland attending the annual event visited the RNLI stand to avail of tips and advice from the safety team about the range of safety devices, including various types of lifejackets and personal locator beacons, and communication aids from VHF radios to waterproof mobile phone cases which were on display. 

Visitors discussed which devices were best suited to their particular needs depending on which sport they were involved with. 

Being prepared and wearing a suitable lifejacket gives a casualty time for the emergency services to reach them. Each year approximately 1,200 anglers are rescued around the coasts of Ireland and the UK. 

John McKenna, Community Safety Officer with Howth RNLI, said: “We are very encouraged by the marked improvement in the number of anglers who are heeding our advice and wearing lifejackets in recent years, but there is still work to do to get the message out to all anglers. 

“We would urge shore anglers, especially those who fish off rocks, to wear a life jacket and to carry a mobile phone in a waterproof case. 

“Most people don’t realise that once a phone is charged they can call 112 for help, even if the phone has no SIM card and no credit. 

“Personal locator beacons are also useful and anglers should always tell friends or family where you are going and when they expect to return home.”

The RNLI is aiming to reduce coastal drowning significantly by 2024 through its Respect the Water campaign, which engages with water users on how to stay safe and maintain their equipment. 

Anyone who unexpectedly finds themselves in water is urged to follow the RNLI’s Float to Live advice – firstly float on your back, then call for help and communicate your location. 

Try to stay calm and keep your morale up until the emergency services reach you. 

More water safety advice is available on www.rnli.org/safety

Meanwhile, if any angling, sailing or water sports clubs would like a member of the RNLI Sea Safety Team to give a sea safety presentation and carry out a free lifejacket clinic, please contact John McKenna at csohowthlifeboatstation@gmail.com

 

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