23rd October

Agencies join force to create a safety awareness campaign

BIM, the Irish sea-fisheries development agency, and Irish Water Safety, have co-launched a coastal awareness campaign that runs to November 3. Over the next two weeks, adverts to highlight awareness of wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) will air on nine local radio stations around the coast. PFDs maximise the chances of surviving an accident in the water.

The broadcasts will coincide with the installation of the PFD signage being located at piers around the coast.

2546 BIM PFD safety sign web

"BIM is pleased to have partnered with Irish Water Safety in this campaign. While our remits are different, we are united in our commitment to ensuring maximum awareness of the importance of wearing the proper safety equipment while engaged in water-based activities," remarked Michael Keatinge, BIM Fisheries and Training Director. 

"It has been proven time and again that wearing a PFD or life-jacket will maximise  the chances of surviving an accident in the water. That's the key message," he added.

The campaign coincides with the start of BIM's Enhanced Safety Training Scheme which is being rolled out under the government's first marine safety strategy for the fishing industry.

Places on the scheme will be offered to all skippers and crew of Irish registered fishing vessels and aquaculture workboats.

A copy of the BIM/IWS safety training update is available from: http://youtu.be/o7F-bwOiDmI


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