RNLI: Essential To Wear Lifejacket If You’re Going Out On Boat Or Kayak

It’s essential to wear a lifejacket if you’re going out on a boat or kayak.

The RNLI in Cork is issuing the advice as many are heading out on the water to take take advantage of the good weather.

Thousands of sun worshippers are expected to descend on Cork’s beaches – as well as enjoy other water pursuits.

The RNLI’s ‘Float to Live’ guild encourages anyone in difficulty in the water to lean back, spread out their arms and legs to help them float, wait until they can control their breathing, and then call for help or swim to safety.

Speaking to RedFM News, the RNLI’s Water Safety Delivery Support Officer, Lisa Hollingham has this advice for those heading out on the water:

“If you’re going out, whether it’s boating, whether it’s kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding, make sure you’re always wearing an appropriate life jacket or buoyancy aid, make sure that you also have a means of calling for help on your person, so that might be a mobile phone within a waterproof pouch, it might be a VHF radio, and it just means if you need to raise the alarm, that you can contact somebody”.

Call 999 or 112 and ask for the ‘Coastguard’ at any time to raise the alarm.

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