The Corrib Angling Federation are holding a series of Water Safety Awareness events at the moment, with the latest one held in Campbells. Cloughanover on Thursday night. Speakers from An Garda Síochána, the Irish Coastguard, Corrib-Mask-Carra Search & Rescue, RNLI, Civil Defence, Irish Water Safety, Corrib Navigation Trustees and Mullion Lifejackets all gave brief presentations on the roles and responsibilities of the emergency services, as well as practical advice on boat handling, launching, safety equipment and more.
Over 40 people with an interest in angling, boating and watersports attended and by far the most popular talk was that of Tony Brown from Mullion, who gave a practical demonstration of several lifejacket models. He stressed the importance of testing and servicing lifejackets every year. Other speakers spoke about additional safety equipment, including first aid kits, flares, and the mantra “It’s better to be looking at it than for it” was a constant theme.
There will be a third and final Water Safety Night on Thursday 15th March in the Commercial Boat Club, Woodquay, Galway. This is a very worthy initiative and it is well worth attending for anyone interested in staying safe while afloat. No matter how experienced we are and how safe we think we are, there are always tips that may remind us better how to stay safe on the water.
Well done to the Corrib Angling Federation and particularly Anthony Trill for organising the events which will be of great assistance to anglers attending.