Aquatic specific issues - Diving, Fishing and Boating

Water safety for culturally and linguistically diverse communities: 'Swim for Life' Muslim Aquatic Safety and Recreation

Swimming rescues by Irish police officers

M. A. John Connolly B.ED, Swimming rescues by Irish police officers, in World Conference on Drowning Prevention, Porto, Portugal, 2007.

This paper contains an analysis of 82 rescues carried out by members of An Garda Siochana (police officers) between 2000 and 2006. It concludes that most rescues took place close to river bridges and that the casualties had deliberately entered the water. The majority of casualties were male and the events took place mostly on week-end nights between 10.00pm and 3.00am with over one-third of casualties having consumed alcohol beforehand. The officers involved acted decisively and displayed great courage and teamwork, making excellent use of available rescue aids.

All rescuers and casualties were subject to cold injury and it should be made clear to lifesavers that they should never enter water without knowing beforehand where they will exit the water.

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