Be Safe By Being Mindful Of Other Water Users
Coast Guard, Water Safety Ireland, Irish Sailing and RNLI have thanked the public for the positive response to a recent appeal to users of Jet Skis to respect the safety and wellbeing of other water users by remaining vigilant at all times. The organisations have reiterated the appeal to a small number of users to avoid encroaching into swimming areas. Open water swimmers are also reminded to ensure that they are visible by wearing brightly coloured swim caps and using tow floats and equally to avoid open water areas where Jet Skis are operating.
The reminder was issued as part of National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14 – 20) and includes a particular call on the owners of Personal Water Craft (Jet Skis) to demonstrate responsible use of their craft, to inform themselves of local regulations and avoid areas where swimmers are present.
All water users are asked to take individual responsibility for their actions and to contribute to the safety of all water users by adhering to the following safety guidelines:
The organisations emphasised that the objective is to ensure that all water users enjoy the water and return safely to family and friends. There are a wide number of courses available to allow for improved personal safety and better experience by all water users. See safetyonthewater.gov.ie for links to water safety training information.
If you see somebody in trouble or think they are in trouble Dial 112 or Use marine VHF Channel 16 and ask for the Coast Guard.