Irish world medalists row in behind water safety awareness campaign

Created on Wednesday, 25 October 2017 11:42
Written by Gillian Mills

Approaching the last bank holiday weekend in 2017, Irish Water Safety reports twenty-seven fewer drownings against this time last year. They warn however that an average five people drown per fortnight - and appeal to the public to be vigilant this weekend, and every weekend.

IWS water safety Oct 2017

Paul and Gary O'Donovan, Ireland's world rowing silver medalists, promote water safety message

Forcasted dry weather on Saturday 'aqua enthusiasts are likely to be enjoying our waters in various ways and in different types of craft, and people tend to  be more at risk as they can become complacent and put themselves and their families in dangerous situations,' they warn.

Water-related tragedies can happen in seconds and with an average 133 drownings every year, John Leench, CEO of Irish Water Safety is appealing to the public to take personal responsiblity to ensure no loss of live - and to comply with best practice: