Irish Water Safety’s National Water Safety Awareness Week

To mark today’s start of Irish Water Safety’s National Water Safety Awareness Week, (May 27th – June 3rd 2013), Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan joined Fionnuala Sheehan, drink aware Ireland, and Richie Fitzgerald, Irish pro-surfer and owner of Surfworld Bundoran, to launch a joint campaign and Irish Water Safety (IWS) to raise awareness ahead of the summer of the dangers of mixing alcohol and water based activities. On average, 140 people drown in Ireland every year, the vast majority of drowning victims are male, the average age of victims is 42 years, and the majority of drownings occur inland. A number of factors contribute to drowning: an analysis of drownings recorded by Irish Water Safety nationwide found that alcohol consumption was a contributory factor in a number of these cases, so the message to the public is

NEVER EVER DRINK AND DIVE OR SWIM OR SAIL

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