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These signs will help the Coast Guard get to people more quickly

The signs has its location displayed on it to help tourists or those unfamiliar with an area help emergency services to find a person in trouble.

Left to right: Pat Ward, Dublin Port Company’s Head of Corporate Services, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn. Paul Cooper, Deputy Officer in Charge, Irish Coast Guard - Howth Station.
Left to right: Pat Ward, Dublin Port Company’s Head of Corporate Services, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn. Paul Cooper, Deputy Officer in Charge, Irish Coast Guard - Howth Station.
Image: Irish Coast Guard

THE FIRST PHASE of a safety sign roll-out in Dublin Bay was launched yesterday with 31 signs being displayed along the north Dublin coastline at ring buoys and bathing shelters.

Each of the signs will have its location displayed to improve efficiency of emergency service response when they receive an urgent call for help.

The Coast Guard said a problem often encountered by teams is knowing where the exact location of an emergency.

Colin Murray, Area Officer, Irish Coast Guard station at Howth commented:

Often time is the enemy when it’s comes to coastal emergencies, we need to get to the location of the casualty as soon as possible and not lose time trying to find where they were last seen. In the case of tourists visiting an area they may not be aware of the correct name of the area they’re in, even locals trying to describe what part of Dollymount beach they’re on can be difficult.

“The new signs will help the emergency services with that response,” he explained.

Remember if see someone in trouble on the beach, cliff or water act quickly and call that Coast Guard at 112 right away.

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