What To Do In A Crisis

Sometimes people can end up in dangerous water situations, completely unaware. From our rivers to our roads and everything in between water safety emergencies can crop up just about anywhere. For some, by the time they realise the gravity of the circumstances it can be too late. However, it is important not to panic. In many situations there are actions you can take to remove the risks. Check out our helpful guides to ensure the safety of you and those around you.

Flood Risks and How To Stay Safe

Water Safety Ireland has warned about the increased risk to the public in flood conditions which can be compounded by high winds, heavy rain and a new or full moon (bringing large tides); deep areas of low pressure tracking over the Atlantic further increase the level of floods especially in our estuaries exposed to onshore winds. Further periods of heavy rain increase flooding levels and it is then that you need to know how to stay safe.

How To Use A Ringbuoy

  • Stand back from the edge and establish voice contact with the person, shouting ‘Kick your legs!’
  • Look for the nearest ringbuoy (Yellow Box).
  • Stand on the end of the rope.
  • Holding the ringbuoy, swing back, then release forward with an under-arm throw, shouting: ‘Ringbuoy! Ringbuoy! Ringbuoy!’
  • Aim to land the ringbuoy beyond the person, so that the ringbuoy can be pulled into their grasp.
  • Instruct the person to hold the ringbuoy. Slowly pull them to land, reassuring them.
  • Get others to help you.


For people not used to cold water (temperature under 15 °C), sudden immersion is associated with two problems, either of which may result in death from drowning.

On initial immersion, the shock of the cold water coming in contact with the skin (“Cold Shock”) can result in incapacitation and drowning in the first 2-3 minutes. For those who survive this and are unable to get out of the water quickly, progressive body cooling leading to hypothermia will follow in time. The rate of onset will depend on water temperature and the protective measures you have taken to reduce body cooling.

Escaping a submerged vehicle

Rescue in Car Accidents in the Aquatic Environment

Every year, thousands of vehicles worldwide end up in the water, by accident or on purpose. About 15% of them are fatal. A studies over many years, in which different kinds of passenger vehicles were driven in several ways into the water, led to the following observations and to the establishment of realistic lifesaving techniques through immediate action.


Most individuals with epilepsy will be under the care of a medical practitioner who may have provided advice concerning the safety of aquatic activity. The guidance offered in this statement does not presume to override advice given by a medical practitioner.

  1. There is some debate as to how long an individual should be free from seizures before resuming water activities.Guidance is offered by the Medical Commission of the International Lifesaving Federation.

Rescue Techniques & Flags

Be Summer Ready

To enjoy the best of Ireland’s outdoors this summer while ensuring you stay safe, make sure you’re prepared ahead of time.


Flooding on public roads can be very dangerous.