Bank holiday weekend water safety alert as sea swimming group hand over €5k donation for vital RNLI services

A SEA swimming group with 20 English Channel solo swimmers has shown its appreciation of the work of its local RNLI with a generous donation to help the voluntary service continue.

Kinsale RNLI yesterday welcomed the €5,000 donation from Sandycove Swimmers as they reinforced a sea safety message ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.

Kinsale RNLI received a generous donation from the Sandycove Swimmers

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Kinsale RNLI received a generous donation from the Sandycove Swimmers
RNLI chiefs are urging the public to be safe when by the water this weekend

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RNLI chiefs are urging the public to be safe when by the water this weekend

Volunteers were delighted with the cheque from local Sandycove Island Swim Club, after club members vowed to match public donations with funding from their own resources.

The club boasts an impressive 20 English Channel solo swimmers among its membership, along with a hardy band of “just dipping” newcomers introduced to the joys of open water swimming during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Kinsale RNLI boat crew member Colum O’Sullivan, himself a Sandycove Swimmer, said: “The public response was superb and reflects the importance of the RNLI in every coastal community around Ireland.

“As we head into the Bank Holiday weekend, we urge everyone to follow the Sandycove Swimmers and adhere to the safety guidelines issued by the RNLI and the Irish Coast Guard:

  • Never swim alone
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return
  • Check the weather and tides and familiarise yourself with local currents
  • Carry a reliable means of communication in a waterproof pouch.”

He added: “While people do follow all safety advice, it’s reassuring to know that the RNLI and other emergency services are on call 24/7 over what will be a very busy Bank Holiday weekend.”

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