Leitrim anglers reminded to stay safe in the water

Leonie McKiernan

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Leonie McKiernan

Leitrim anglers reminded to stay safe in the water

With 18 angling related drownings in Ireland since 2014, Inland Fisheries Ireland and Irish Water Safety have joined forces to highlight water safety to anglers in Co Leitrim and across the country.

Drownings relating to angling are quite common in Ireland with four deaths reported to date for 2016. There were nine deaths reported related to angling in 2015 and a further five in 2014. In total, 122 people drowned in Ireland last year, equating to 10 deaths every month with drownings often happening quickly, silently and in shallow water.

Irish Water Safety advises anglers to follow these steps to avoid any danger on or near the water:

- Wear a life jacket when on or near the water and make sure that it has a correctly fitting crotch strap.
- Supervise children at all times near water - 30 children aged 14 and under drowned in the last ten years.
- Check locally concerning dangerous currents and carry an alternative means of propulsion.
- Train for your aquatic activity at www.safetyzone.ie.
- Watch for changing weather. Be prepared to seek shelter in good time.
- Learn swimming and lifesaving skills, available nationwide for all ages through Irish Water Safety.
- Avoid alcohol as it impairs judgment, balance and coordination, all of which are essential for boating.
- In Marine Emergencies, call 112 and ask for the coastguard.

Suzanne Campion, Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “Ireland is a popular and unique location for fishing which we want anglers to enjoy. Angling can have a positive effect on health and well-being and it is something that can be enjoyed at any age or ability. In light of recent tragedies however, we would appeal to anglers in Co Leitrim and across the country to wear a life jacket at all times whether near or on the water and to follow Irish Water Safety’s top tips to stay safe at all times.”

For further information on staying safe on the water, visit Irish Water Safety’s websitewww.iws.ie and to find out more about Inland Fisheries Ireland visit www.fisheriesireland.ie.