PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES FOR YOUNG SAILORS

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) CEO Tara McCarthy presents one of the new compact lifejackets with integrated personal locator beacon to Kyron O'Gorman, Principle of Irish Youth Sailing Club Dun Laoghaire. (Pic: Peter Houlihan/Paul Sherwood Photography)

In its bid to promote safety amongst young people, Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) has presented the Irish Youth Sailing Club with compact Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs).

This follows on from BIM’s successful ‘Live to Tell the Tale – Always Wear Your Lifejacket’ campaign, which targeted sea safety awareness for the commercial fishing sector earlier this year. The nationwide campaign picked up an ‘Excellence in Marine Safety Award’ at the Marine Safety Awards at the end of June.

Tara McCarthy, BIM’s CEO, said that instilling a safety at sea culture from a young age will help to save lives now and into the future. “Education and awareness is key and the inclusion of personal locator beacons in these lifejackets will enable the emergency services to locate a person overboard in a matter of minutes.”

The Irish Youth Sailing Club, which set up by Kyron O’Gorman for children from 10 years old from non-sailing backgrounds, is running for 30 years and provides children with basic training in sailing, powerboating, kayaking and VHF, first aid and navigation.