RNLI Youghal Flag Day

By Claire O'Donoghue

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Following on from their successful Open Day on Sunday last during the Queen of the Sea Festival, the Youghal branch of the RNLI is having its flag days tomorrow Friday, 20 July and Saturday, 21 July. Volunteers will be stationed with buckets at various locations around the town.

There has been a Lifeboat in Youghal since 1839. Crews over the years have saved many, many lives and have averted many a disaster. The present boat “Gordon and Phil” which arrived in April 2016 has already had almost 50 call outs. Youghal is a seaside town and the brave, reliable and voluntary service of the local RNLI is paramount for the town's safety and success. Please support them generously this Friday and Saturday.

Speaking with The East Cork Journal, crew member Rhonda Burke said, “The annual flag day is one of our most vital fundraising events every year. The RNLI is one of the few charities in Ireland that receive NO Government funding whatsoever. We rely heavily on the generosity of the community to keep a viable Lifeboat presence here.”

At the moment, in the height of the summer season, the RNLI are vigorously  pushing their new Drowning Prevention Campaign. Entitled “Respect the Water”, it promotes the effectiveness of fighting your instinct instead of the water should you fall into deep, cold water. The average temperature of Irish and British waters is 12 degrees, which can certainly cause cold water shock. The safety campaign advises strongly that you fight the urge to immediately start swimming. Allow yourself to gain more control of your breathing by floating on your back until the panicked breathing has subsided. More information and a video can be found at a specially set up website called www.respectthewater.com

Five Steps to Float:

  1. Fight your instinct to thrash around
  2. Lean back, extend your arms and legs
  3. If you need to, gently move them around to help you float
  4. Float until you can control your breathing
  5. Only then, call for help or swim to safety

 

These instructions have been proven to save lives. Take the time to visit  the website or make enquiries at your own local Lifeboat Station and pass on the information you receive. It may, someday, save your life or the life of someone close to you.

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