The RNLI and the Irish Coast Guard have issued a joint call this May Bank Holiday weekend for people to stay safe on and near water as the expected warmer weather and brighter evenings will see more people spending time outdoors.

The maritime organisations caution that an improvement in the weather does not mean warmer water temperatures and people should make sure they apply common sense and observe basic safety precautions when engaged in any activity either at sea or along the coast.

The Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI are asking people to take the time to check that they have all essential safety equipment and that it is fully serviced and that anybody who needs to use it knows what to do.

If you see someone get into difficulty, dial 112 or 999 and ask for the Coast Guard.

If possible look for something that floats or that they can hold on to and throw it out to them.

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