Respect the Water – Irish Coast Guard And RNLI Issue Joint Accord


The Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI have issued a joint safety message for the festive season to remind people to stay safe when they are in or near the water over the holiday period and to remember some basic safety advice to use if they see someone in trouble or in difficulty themselves.

Speaking ahead of the holiday period, Gerard O’Flynn, Coast Guard Operations Manager said: “Many people will be engaging in outdoor activities along the coastline, the simple safety message is; Stay Back, Stay High, Stay Dry.”

Christmas Day swims are a popular pursuit and the organisation is urging the public to only participate in organised swims where medical support and lifeguards are available.

The three Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centres based in Malin, Valentia and Dublin, along with the Coast Guard Helicopter service and Coast Guard Volunteer units will remain operational over the festivities, but they want to remind the public to be careful and heed safety advice.


Always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back. Take care when walking in dark and slippery conditions. Always take a means of calling for help.

If you see anybody in danger at sea, on the coast or on cliffs, call 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.

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