Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council have signed up to become an RNLI Local Ambassador, committing itself to sharing vital water safety messages with the public throughout the council area this summer.
The RNLI has three lifeboat stations in county Dublin at Dún Laoghaire, Howth and Skerries. They are anticipating a busy summer on the coast, especially as the public are encouraged to spend more time outdoors. Last year alone, volunteer crews at Dublin’s lifeboat stations launched 145 times and brought 163 people to safety.
As a local ambassador, the council will proactively help promote key water safety messages on behalf of the charity. This will include sharing locally tailored and activity specific water safety messages on social media channels every week throughout the summer months.
Speaking about the announcement Darina Loakman, Dún Laoghaire RNLI Water Safety Adviser said: “We would like to thank the Council and the many other local businesses in Dublin who have pledged to share advice that will help keep people safe around the coast. The increased popularity of a range of water sports has seen more people in the water and we have also seen a rise in people getting cut of by the tide and becoming stranded. Over half the people that get into trouble in the water didn’t expect to get wet so having organisations such as the council working to deliver safety advice in this way is wonderful.”