Think before you sink – Wear a Lifejacket
Accidents can happen fast on water and there may not be time to reach for a lifejacket in an emergency therefore don’t just carry a lifejacket – wear it; if it’s not on you, it can’t save your life.
That’s the pressing message of Irish Water Safety’s Bank Holiday campaign, urging people to make sure that lifejackets are in good order and always worn when boating. Warmer weather has turned waterways into a playground for aquatic sports and boating activities but foolhardy behaviour, such as not wearing a lifejacket costs lives every year and nearly resulted in the loss of three lives in one incident alone already this week.
This risky behaviour increases over Bank Holiday weekends compounded by a complacency that often sees children on school holidays being allowed boating without lifejackets.
Irish Water Safety’s Safe Boating Alert: