The Irish Coast Guard has joined forces with the RNLI and Irish Water Safety to advise caution to those engaged in recreational activities in or near water throughout the summer months.

Chief of Operations, Coast Guard Eugene Clonan pointed to a noticeable increase in the number of calls in recent weeks, and he has urged members of the public, particularly younger people to “exercise caution in and around the water”.

Gareth Morrison RNLI Lifesaving Delivery Manager, said, ‘As the weather improves we notice an increase in callouts for our lifeboats. Many of these incidents relate to leisure activities where a nice day out has unfortunately ended in a call for help.

“Seeking some simple advice before you take to the water or coastline could make all the difference. Our volunteer lifeboat crews are always on call but when every second counts in an emergency you need to be prepared. The RNLI urges everyone to ‘Respect the Water’.”

With Ireland now averaging 11 drownings every month, Roger Sweeney, Deputy CEO of Irish Water Safety, noted that “constant responsible child supervision will help prevent further tragedies”.

He urged parents to check that their local primary school is teaching Irish Water Safety’s classroom based curriculum that instils good habits for a safe summer ahead.