Coast Guard issues Christmas safety warning

Coast Guard issues Christmas safety warning

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Doolin Coast Guard Boat
Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A safety message has been issued by the Coast Guard ahead of the Christmas season.

Members of the public who will be engaging in coastal activities over the Christmas period are being reminded by the Coast Guard to first check that it is safe to do so and to be mindful of the risks and life threatening dangers that can arise without warning.

“Stay back, stay high, stay dry” is the safety message from the Coast Guard this Christmas. Many people are expected to be involved in outdoor activities along the coastline for the festive period.

Storm Barbara, which will give rise to stormy conditions, is forecasted to blow through today (Friday) and there is a risk of stormy weather returning on Christmas Day. Spring tides that generate higher tides, peak in the latter part of the week and pose an additional risk.

File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

The three Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centres based in Malin, Valentia and Dublin, along with the Coast Guard Helicopter service [including Shannon] and Coast Guard Volunteer units will remain operational over the holiday period. The Coast Guard wishes to remind the public that if you see anybody in danger at sea, on the coast or on cliffs to call 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.

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